Gavin McNicoll

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Gavin McNicoll is a member of the Advisory Board of Strategic Communication Laboratories and 'now heads up Strategic Communication Laboratories US business development strategy, employing his network of senior figures to these efforts, and to the delivery of SCL’s target audience analysis and influence work.'[1]

He is the founder of Eden Intelligence, a specialist provider of small scale, high impact conferences on counter-terrorism and security related issues. According to a biographical note:

Gavin has been studying Terrorism and Intelligence for 15 years, and has an M.A. Honours in International relations and Philosophy from St Andrews University in Intelligence, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East. Since 2001 he has established a body of research, conference and consulting work which has partnered with major academic institutions such as St Andrews, Cambridge, MIT and Georgetown. These projects have been serviced by an outstanding network of senior consultants, senior and former senior serving officials, and senior business leaders specialising in counter-terrorism and security related issues. He is responsible for the International Terrorism and Intelligence programme, now after 6 years, a landmark event in the counter-terrorism calendar, bringing together the leading counter-terrorist minds from around the world. This thought leading project will focus in 2008 on the developing work in the field of counter-radicalisation and influence.[2]

Further major government level projects have included running a G8 Plus conference on financial intelligence cooperation at the behest of the UK government with assistance form the Home Office, Her Majesty’s Treasury, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The National Criminal Intelligence Service and The Metropolitan Police, and a project focussing on terrorists targeting of energy involving MIT and Cambridge.[3]

Prior to founding Eden Intelligence, McNicoll managed many large-scale social marketing and charity events. He was a consultant in its founding years to the Laureus World Sports Awards, a major sports marketing event with a worldwide TV audience of over a billion people and which is a leading example of global corporate social responsibility on behalf of Richemont and DaimlerChrysler.[4]McNicoll has also worked in governmental lobbying.[5]


McNicoll is a member of Chatham House, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and sits on the advisory board of the British Intelligence Library, a recently formed charity dealing with a large legacy.[6]


  1. Eden Intelligence Who Are We, accessed 1 May 2009
  2. Eden Intelligence Who Are We, accessed 1 May 2009
  3. Eden Intelligence Who Are We, accessed 1 May 2009
  4. Strategic communication Laboratories Gavin McNicoll, accessed from the Internet Archive of 23 August 2007 on 1 May 2009
  5. Eden Intelligence Who Are We, accessed 1 May 2009
  6. Transnational Crisis Project Gavin McNicoll, accessed 1 May 2009