National Security Adviser

Sir Kim Darroch

Sir Kim Darroch



Sir Kim Darroch has been the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser since January 2012.

He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1976, and served in Protocol Department, Planning Staff and News Department before being posted to Tokyo from 1980 to 1984.

Career highlights include:

  • Desk Officer for the Channel Tunnel project and co-Secretary of the UK-French Channel Tunnel Treaty Group
  • Private Secretary to three successive Ministers of State
  • First Secretary (EU) in Rome
  • Head of the Eastern Adriatic Department, dealing with the break-up of Yugoslavia and the Bosnia conflict
  • EU Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat
  • UK Permanent Representative to the EU

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    Ministerial department

    1. Cabinet Office


    1. National security and intelligence

    National Security Adviser

    The National Security Adviser is the Prime Minister’s senior adviser on national security issues.

    He is also Secretary to the National Security Council (NSC) and Head of the National Security Secretariat. The National Security Adviser attends all meetings of the NSC and is responsible for the smooth running of the NSC, its sub-committees, and corresponding officials’ groups.

    The National Security Adviser is responsible for managing the NSC agenda and for preparing records of its discussions and decisions.

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