Iain Lobban

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A former head of GCHQ.

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In office
July 2008 - 24 October 2014
Preceded byDavid Pepper
Succeeded byRobert Hannigan

Iain Robert Lobban, CB was the Director of GCHQ from July 2008 to 24 October 2014.

Education and career

Lobban graduated from Leeds University with a BA degree in languages and has also undertaken the Higher Command and Staff course at the Ministry of Defence staff college at Shrivenham. He joined GCHQ in 1983, progressing through a variety of roles before joining the GCHQ Board in 2001. Whilst on the Board he was responsible for moving the operations of GCHQ into its new base at Benhall, Gloucestershire. Prior to being appointed Director, Lobban was Director-General (Operations); having taken up this post in early 2004. He became Director in July 2008.[1] He was appointed a CB in the 2006 New Year Honours for services to national security in the United Kingdom.[2]


A Document by Iain Lobban

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Iain Lobban Addressspeech12 October 2010"Cyberterrorism"Mr Lobban addresses a selected audience of journalists, opinion formers, government officials, academia and industry representatives on issues related to cyber security and the threat posed by cyber attacks.
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  1. New director of GCHQ appointed - GCHQ 9 June 2008
  2. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood The London Gazette 31 December 2005