Ciaran Martin

Ciaran Liam Martin (born 19 September 1974) CB was the first CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre. Having been appointed as head of cyber security at GCHQ in December 2013, he recommended the establishment of a National Cyber Security Centre within the intelligence and security agency. This was agreed by the Government and announced by then Chancellor George Osborne in November 2015. Martin was announced as the first Chief Executive in February 2016, and it became operational in October of that year. On 14 February 2017, the NCSC's new headquarters in Victoria, London, were opened by Her Majesty The Queen.

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Prior to joining GCHQ, Martin was Constitution Director at the Cabinet Office from 2011, helping to agree the framework for the Scottish independence referendum. From 2008 to 2011 he was Director of Security and Intelligence at the Cabinet Office. His public service career has also included a series of roles in elsewhere in the Cabinet Office and in HM Treasury and the National Audit Office.

He was a member of the GCHQ Board. He is a past pupil of Omagh CBS, where he was very much seen as an all-rounder, being head-boy, a member of the McRory Cup Gaelic football squad and keyboard player with indie rock outfit "Some Kind of Wonderful". He is a graduate of Hertford College, University of Oxford, where he studied History.[1][2][3]

Martin was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to international and global cyber security.[4]

Martin had planned on resigning in June 2020 but delayed his resignation until August because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

In December 2002 Martin was the 'phone a friend' for Declan Montague on an episode of the ITV gameshow Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire.


  1. ^ "Ciaran Martin outlines how the NCSC aims to reduce the cyber threat - NCSC Site".
  2. ^ "Ciaran Martin - GCHQ - Root - Infosecurity Europe". 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Even Britain's most senior cyber security chief thinks public guidelines on passwords are ridiculous". 14 February 2017.
  4. ^ "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N3.
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