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Paddy McGuinness joins Brunswick as a Senior Advisor

Brunswick reinforces its position as the leading global advisor on business-critical issues with the appointment of Paddy McGuinness.

1 November 2018 - Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations, is pleased to announce that Paddy McGuinness has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor based in London. Paddy was most recently the UK’s Deputy National Security Adviser, for Intelligence, Security and Resilience where he advised the Prime Minister and National Security Council on policy and decision-making on homeland security issues, including national resilience and crisis response, cyber security, counter-terrorism, and the UK’s response to action by hostile states. 

With extensive experience of crisis management, contingency planning for major risks and public communications around major national security issues, nationally and internationally, Paddy will advise on crisis and resilience issues. Drawing on his expert knowledge of security in its national, regulatory and geo-political context and his own networks, he will provide senior counsel to clients on ever-evolving business and political risk.

He will work closely with Brunswick’s regional and specialist leads across Cyber, Litigation, Geopolitical, Activism and Regulatory Affairs. 

Neal Wolin, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am hugely excited that Paddy has joined Brunswick. His impressive background and skillset will be of huge value as clients navigate a difficult external environment and have to plan and prepare for the worst.”

Paddy McGuinness said: “I am thrilled to join Brunswick and to have the opportunity to bring my experience to bear on clients’ issues in order to make their businesses more resilient in these uncertain times.”

About Paddy McGuinness CMG OBE

Paddy McGuinness was the United Kingdom’s Deputy National Security Adviser from 2014-2018. Paddy led on the implementation of policies and programs designed to build the UK’s domestic resilience to all hazards and threats. He advised two successive Prime Ministers on UK government policy and decision-making on homeland security issues including national resilience and crisis response, cyber security, counter terrorism, and the UK’s response to action by hostile states and coordinated implementation of those decisions.

In this role Paddy worked with senior UK officials from across government, senior business figures and foreign partners, to build a coalition of common interests that broadened the UK’s national security capabilities and reach. He chaired COBR, on Homeland Security Issues, and led the development of the 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy. He was responsible for the interface between government and business on resilience and national security issues especially as it affects Critical National Infrastructure.  He convened the cross-government body on the National Security aspects of Inward Investment. Latterly, he acted as the UK’s Envoy to the US tech sector, the US Administration and Congress on lawful access to data. He was also responsible for the funding, oversight and laws for the UK’s intelligence and security agencies.

Prior to this, Paddy was in the Diplomatic Service with leadership roles in the Middle East and Africa, Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Proliferation, and aspects of Cyber. He served in British Embassies in Rome, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Sana’a.

Paddy was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997, and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2014.

About Brunswick Group

Brunswick Group LLP is an advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations. Founded in 1987, Brunswick is an organically grown, private partnership with 23 offices around the world. 


Simon SporborgUK Managing Partner