Robert Hannigan

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Person.png Robert Hannigan   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Robert Hannigan.jpg
Member ofRoyal United Services Institute for Defence Studies/Fellows
A former Director of Intelligence and Security, running GCHQ since October 2014

Employment.png Director of GCHQ Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
24 October 2014 - 20 March 2017
Preceded byIain Lobban
Succeeded byJeremy Fleming

Robert Hannigan is the former Director of Government Communications Headquarters who was replaced by Jeremy Fleming in March 2017.[1]


"Robert Hannigan joined the FCO as Director General, Defence and Intelligence on 29 March 2010. For a number of years he has advised the Prime Minister on counter terrorism, intelligence and security policy."[2]

The date for becoming Director of GCHQ is speculative, assuming that there was no hiatus after Iain Lobban resigned. On 23 January 2017, Hannigan announced that he had decided to resign once a successor to his role as director had been found, explaining in a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, that his resignation was for personal reasons.[3][4]

ISIS and the internet

Hannigan is reported to have said that ISIS had "embraced the web as a noisy channel in which to promote itself, intimidate people, and radicalise new recruits."[5]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:GCHQ and Me: My Life Unmasking British EavesdroppersArticle3 August 2015Duncan CampbellNo one at the May 2015 conference on intelligence, security and privacy argued against greater openness. Thanks to Edward Snowden and those who courageously came before, the need for public accountability and review has become unassailable.