Sir Iain Lobban was Director of Government Communications Headquarters in the United Kingdom from July 2008 until October 2014, having previously served as its Director General for Operations from 2004. This represented a period of over ten years’ leadership of operational delivery in contexts as varied as counter-terrorism; cyber defence; support to the military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya; the prevention and detection of serious crime; and the development of an integrated service of intelligence and security.
As the GCHQ Director, Iain Lobban attended the UK’s National Security Council on a weekly basis from its very first meeting in May 2010 and was a Principal member of the Joint Intelligence Committee for over 6 years. Cyber Security, both nationally and internationally, has been at the heart of his role in recent years where he has set a new direction for innovative partnering with the private sector and with academia.
Iain Lobban’s reputation is of a transformational leader and he is credited with repositioning GCHQ externally, seeing and grasping the opportunity to radically re-shape GCHQ’s role for the cybersecurity era, as well as with spearheading GCHQ’s internal transformation over the last decade: organisationally and culturally. He was a member of GCHQ’s Board for 13 years, almost half of that period as its Chair, employing a rigorous set of governance systems built around corporate risks, programme and project management described as “world-class”, a strong emphasis on compliance and ethics, and a bold workforce strategy with groundbreaking public service policies. He is a proven leader through crisis, providing powerful leadership internally, strong reassurance for partners at home and overseas, and evidenced assurance for Ministers.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2013 New Year Honours, having previously been made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2006 Honours.
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