Ciaran Martin was the director general for government and industry cyber security at GCHQ, before becoming head of the (NCSC). The centre, which officially launched in October 2016, aims to bring together the UK’s cyber expertise to transform how the country tackles . Martin is also a member of the GCHQ board. He joined GCHQ in 2014, following a role as constitution director at the Cabinet Office. He also spent three years as head of security and intelligence at the Cabinet Office.