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Robert Hannigan

Robert Hannigan became Warden of Wadham College in 2021. He chairs Governing Body and is responsible for the progress and development of Wadham.

  • Robert Hannigan

Robert is a cyber security specialist and has been closely involved in efforts to promote innovation in the cyber industry. He is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Royal United Services Institute. He writes and speaks regularly on cyber and technology issues.

During  twenty years in government service, Robert played a major role in the Northern Ireland peace process, working for Prime Minister Tony Blair, and he was Prime Minister's Security Adviser under Gordon Brown. He was Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence and security agency, from 2014-17 and a member of the National Security Council. He established the National Cyber Security Centre in 2016, having been responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009.

He was awarded the US Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2017 and made a CMG by Queen Elizabeth in 2013.

Robert studied Classics at Wadham as an undergraduate and was made an Honorary Fellow in 2015. He is the 29th Warden since the foundation of the College in 1610, when Dorothy Wadham made the first appointment.

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