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Former head of GCHQ advising Shell and private intelligence firm

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Harry DaviesThursday 5 November 2015 

A former head of GCHQ has become an adviser to Shell and an influential private intelligence company after retiring from the UK’s electronic eavesdropping agency late last year. Sir Iain Lobban’s consultancy with Shell and the holding company of Hakluyt & Co, a boutique corporate intelligence firm established by former MI6 spies, are among a series of private sector jobs the retired spook has taken up over the past year. Both roles are expected primarily to involve advising on risk and cybersecurity.

A spokeswoman for Shell confirmed that Lobban has been contracted to advise the company’s board on cybersecurity issues. She said: “Sir Iain is a leading figure in this field, and Shell is just one of a number of companies he advises on such matters.” Earlier this year, Shell said it would roll out a cybersecurity programme amid rising threats from hackers to its infrastructure around the world.

From time to time, Shell has drawn on the services of Hakluyt, the Mayfair-based intelligence company. Separately from his work with Shell, Lobban will sit on the advisory board of Hakluyt’s holding company…

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