Callum Maxwell

Head of Wider Public Sector Cyber Defence,Government Security Group at Cabinet Office, UK Civil Service

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Head of Wider Public Sector Cyber Defence, Government Security Group, Cabinet Office
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Callum’s professional and academic interests centre on cyber security, public sector ethics and human rights.

He holds a BA (Hons) in War Studies from King’s College London and an MA in International Security from Sciences Po, Paris. Throughout both degrees, he specialized in the armed conflicts of the Middle East and the application of international humanitarian law to non state armed groups.

Between 2017 and 2018, Callum worked as an Academic Researcher at the Changing Character of War Centre (CCW) at the University of Oxford. During this time, he conducted research on the use of child soldiers by the Islamic State and facilitated events on intra-alliance diplomacy, cyber security, and foreign intervention in the Syrian Civil War.

In 2019, Callum joined the Cabinet Office, where he currently serves as Head of Public Sector Cyber Defence. This work holds a particular emphasis on uplifting the cyber resilience of the emergency services, the health sector, the justice sector, the welfare sector, the Devolved Administrations and local government – an issue of increased importance following the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside this role, Callum serves as the Chair of the Cabinet Office Ethics Network, a forum dedicated to the discussion of practical ethics within central government decision making, policies and programmes. In this capacity, Callum is concerned with creating a safe space for ethical discussion across Government whilst personally specialising in the ethics of cyber security and Government digital strategy.