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Professor Sir David Omand GCB

Former Director of GCHQ 
UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator

Sir David Omand GCB is Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He was UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator in the Cabinet Office after 9/11, and is a former Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Policy in the Ministry of Defence. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). He has published two books, Securing the State (London: Hurst 2010) and (with Prof Mark Phythian) Principled Spying: the Ethics of Secret Intelligence (Oxford 2018). His next book How Spies Think: 10 Lessons from Intelligence will be published by Penguin Viking in October 2020.