NICK GURR – UK MOD, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY POLICY
Nick Gurr was born in Barnehurst Kent in 1964. He joined the MOD in 1983 following a year in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Nick’s early career included posts in finance, nuclear policy and Navy resources and programmes. Following promotion to mid-management level, Nick carried out a study on providing staff training to foreign and commonwealth personnel. He was then appointed Assistant Director Naval Staff Secretariat where he was responsible for the political and Parliamentary aspects of Naval activity in home waters, and military assistance on counter drugs operations. He moved to Secretariat (Overseas) in 1997 as the Assistant Director for the Western Hemisphere, defence diplomacy and military assistance policy.
Nick was appointed Head of the Communication Planning Unit (CPU) on promotion to Grade 6 in 1999, responsible for speech writing, research on public and internal attitudes to defence and defence publications (including White Papers) and for producing communications strategies on major tri-service issues. He covered as Chief Press Officer during the operations in Kosovo, East Timor and Sierra Leone. In 2002 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS).
On promotion to the Senior Civil Service in December 2002, Nick joined the leadership team of the End to End Logistics Review based at Andover. Following the conclusion of the study he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office responsible for all sourced intelligence based warning and assessment on political, military and economic issues in Europe, East Asia, Africa and the Levant. He returned to the MOD in May 2006 as Director of Communication Planning before assuming the role of Director Media and Communications (DMC) on 19 November 2007. Nick returned to the Intelligence environment as Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence in 2011. Nick succeeded Steve McCarthy as Director International Security Policy (DISP) from September 2014 after the NATO Wales Summit, supporting Peter Watkins, now DG Strategy and International.
Nick is married (to Sue, a primary school teacher) with two daughters. He enjoys most sport, listening to music and relaxing with family.