Leadership team

Created:  12 Jun 2017
Updated:  11 Jul 2018

Management board 

Ciaran Martin

Chief Executive Officer

Ciaran is the first CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre. Prior to joining GCHQ in February 2014, Ciaran was Constitution Director at the Cabinet Office. In this role, he was the lead official negotiator for the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Scotland in the run-up to the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 on a referendum on independence for Scotland.


Dr Ian Levy

Technical Director

Ian became Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Centre in October 2016, prior to which he was Technical Director of Cyber Security and Resilience at GCHQ. Ian leads on developing defences to manage cyber threats. This involves fostering technical innovation to find solutions that can protect the UK from large scale cyber attacks, and day-to-day malicious cyber activity.


Nicky Hudson

Nicola Hudson

Director for Communications

Nicola became Director of Communications at the National Cyber Security Centre in September 2016. Prior to this she was Head of News in the Prime Minister’s office. Nicola was Deputy Director of Communications for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Director of Communications for the Control Risks Group and Head of Government Relations for Camelot.


Paul Chichester

Director for Operations

Paul is Director Operations of the National Cyber Security Centre. He has worked in the UK government intelligence and security community for over 25 years in a variety of offensive and defensive cyber roles. Paul was awarded the MBE in 2005 for his ground-breaking work in cyber.


Deputy directors


Jacqui Chard

Deputy Director for Defence and National Security

Jacqui has worked at GCHQ and across government for 30 years. In her role for the National Cyber Security Centre, she is responsible for ensuring that the UK has the sovereign capability to secure information and communications transfer nationally, so government at the highest level can conduct its business securely. 


Chris Ensor

Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth

Chris has worked in Cyber Security for nearly 30 years in a variety of roles, all of which have involved building new capabilities to help organisations protect themselves. As Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth, he is charged with developing the National Cyber Security Centre's research, skills, and innovation expertise, to nurture the UK's cyber security capability.

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