John Bassett worked for GCHQ from 1991 to 2010 in a range of posts at home and overseas. As head of GCHQ's London office he frequently represented GCHQ at COBRA meetings between 2004 and 2007 and attended ministerial groups on foreign and security issues.
Most recently he was posted to the British Embassy in Washington DC, where he liaised with the US Government on cyber security and related issues.
His Interests include cyber security, the future of network defence, interception legislation and civil liberties, the trans-Atlantic security relationship, crisis management, resilience and counter-insurgency. John is also interested in Roman military history and the American Civil War. He has walked many Civil War battlefields, especially those associated with Grant's overland campaign.
John Bassett was educated at Bristol Grammar School, Oxford University (MA in Classics) and the University of the West of England (MSc in Information Technology). He was awarded an OBE in 2003.