Iain Lobban

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Sir Iain Lobban was the director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) from 2008 until 2014.[1][1]


Lobban graduated from Leeds University with a BA in French and completed the Higher Command and Staff course at the Ministry of Defence's 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. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the New Year Honours 2006 for services to national security in the United Kingdom.[2]

In January 2014, the Foreign Office announced that Lobban would step down as head of GCHQ at the end of the year.[1]

Life After GCHQ

Having departed GCHQ, 2015 saw Mr Lobban take on a host of new advisory and consultant based roles, including:

Bank crime investigator

In April 2015, Standard Chartered announced that it had appointed Lobban as an advisor on financial crime.[5]

External resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ewan MacAskill, GCHQ head Sir Iain Lobban stands down, the guardian.com, 28 January 2014. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "McAskill280114" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Iain Lobban becomes Director of GCHQ, University of Warwick, accessed 17 June 2013.
  3. Gov.UK Business Appointments Applications: Sir Iain Lobban 17 September 2015, accessed 23 September 2015
  4. Summary of Business Appointments, Sir Iain Lobban, Gov.uk, accessed 6 April 2016
  5. Jill Treanor, Standard Chartered appoints former GCHQ chief to fight crime, theguardian.com, 22 April 2015.