Strategic thinker and former national intelligence chief

David Omand"Principled Spying"



Professor Sir David Omand GCB

former Director GCHQ,
Visiting Professor King's College London

Sir David Omand was the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ (the UK Sigint Agency).

Previously, in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, he was particularly concerned with long term strategy, with the British military contribution in restoring peace in the former Yugoslavia and the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands conflict, and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor. He has been a visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies since 2005-6.

He is a Cambridge University graduate in economics, has an honorary Doctorate from Birmingham University and has just completed a degree in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics with the Open University. He is a member of the editorial board of Intelligence and National Security. He is responsible for delivering training to government intelligence analysts and lectures regularly in intelligence studies at King's College London and PSIA Sciences Po in Paris.