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Sir David Bruce Omand GCB (born 15 April 1947[1]) is a former senior British civil servant.


Educated at Glasgow Academy and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,[1] Omand started out with the Home Office. After years of service with the Ministry of Defence, from 1996 to 1997 he was Director of the Government Communications Headquarters, before being appointed Permanent Secretary at the Home Office. In the 2000 New Year Honours, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).[2] In 2002 he became the first Permanent Secretary and Security Intelligence Co-ordinator in the Cabinet Office. Sir David was among those to decide that David Kelly should be pursued for talking to the media about the Government's dossier on Iraq's alleged WMD.[3] Sir David and Sir Kevin Tebbit, then permanent secretary at the MoD, recommended to Jack Straw and Tony Blair that John Scarlett head MI6. John Scarlett was chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee that drafted the WMD dossier.[3]

In the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB).[4] He retired from the Cabinet Office in April 2005. On 27 January 2006, he was appointed to the board of The Natural History Museum, for a term of 4 years. He has served the Crown for over 35 years. He is also an Honorary Vice-President of the Royal United Services Institute.

In 2009 he was asked by the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, to carry out a review into the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to "satisfy ministers" that the council is "discharging the functions" that it is supposed to.[5]

He is now a visiting professor at King's College London.


  1. ^ a b "OMAND, Sir David Bruce (15 April 1947 - )", in Debrett's People of Today, 2004
  2. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55710, p. 3, 31 December 1999. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  3. ^ a b Waugh, Paul (2005-11-02). "Key Kelly pair helped appoint MI6 chief". Retrieved 2008-11-05.  
  4. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57315, p. 2, 12 June 2004. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  5. ^ Alan Johnson orders swift review of drugs advice body
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Anthony Adye
Director of GCHQ
July 1996 - December 1997
Succeeded by
Sir Kevin Tebbit
Preceded by
Sir Richard Wilson
Permanent Secretary of the Home Office
Succeeded by
Sir John Gieve


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