National Security Communications Team

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The National Security Communications Team was created in April 2018 in the Cabinet Office. 'Policy responsibility' for the team moved from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the 2019/20 year.[1]




According to David Lidington MP, as of July 2018, the NSCT consisted of 7 civil servants as well as 3 civil servants who had joined on a temporary basis.[2]


An FoI response from the Cabinet Officer on 1 July 2020 stated:

Please see below for the names of the Senior Civil Servants responsible for the Rapid Response Unit and National Security Communications Team.
Head of Digital, No 10 and Cabinet Office - Peter Heneghan
Deputy Director, National Security Communications team - Darragh McElroy[6]

Former staff

  • Jon Hassain MBE, Overseas Vaccine Lead - National Security Communications Team, Cabinet Office, UK. Strategic Communication Consultant - Cabinet Office · Contract Nov 2020 - Apr 2021 · 6 mos London, England, United Kingdom
  • Andy Burwell - Head of Stakeholder Engagement at National Security Communications Team (Mar 2019 - Apr 2020).[7][8]
  • Darragh McElroy - Deputy Director of National Security Communications[9] (Feb 2019 - Aug 2020)[10]
  • Daniel Walpole – Former Head of National Security Communications at Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office Communications (2018–2019), then Head Of Communications at Counter Terrorism Policing [11]
  • Cormac Smith – Deputy Head of Communications/Head of Planning NSCT (April 18 – Nov 18). Previously embedded in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Oct 2016 - Mar 2018).[12]
  • Andrew Pike


See also



Cabinet Office