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Paddy McGuinness - Brunswick Group. London, , GB

Paddy McGuinness

Senior Advisor, London | Brunswick Group


Paddy McGuinness advises on crisis and resilience issues, providing senior counsel to clients on ever-evolving business and political risk.


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Australian Security Summit 2019 - Paddy McGuinness, Senior Adviser - Brunswick Group How can the UK Government deliver its ambitions for digital connectivity?



Paddy joined Brunswick in November 2018 with extensive experience of crisis management, contingency planning for major risks and public communications around major national security issues, nationally and internationally. Drawing on his expert knowledge of security in its national, regulatory and geo-political context and his own networks, Paddy advises on crisis and resilience issues, providing senior counsel to clients on ever-evolving business and political risk.

Prior to joining Brunswick, 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. 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.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Crisis Management

Cyber Security

National Secuirty

UK Politics

UK Business Trends

International Relations

Counter Terrorism

Accomplishments (2)

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)


Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)


Media Appearances (2)

The COVID-19 Crisis is an ESG Issue: Here's What That Means for U.S. Businesses

Triple Pundit  


"Our understanding of what is critical national infrastructure and where we need to invest in our society is changed by these events," said Paddy McGuinness, a London-based senior advisor with Brunswick Group, who previously worked in resilience and security under two successive British Prime Ministers.

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PRWeek Brunswick hires former UK government security adviser



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."

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Event Appearances (2)

Presentation 'Unconsidered Cyber Realities for Business'

Secure Computing Forum  The RDS Events Centre, Dublin


Cyber realities for Critical National Infrastructure

Australian Security Summit (AuSec 2019)  Hotel Realm Canberra


Articles (3)

Governing for Resilience

| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2020)

We now live with COVID-19. Fewer business leaders are making the mistake of talking about “post-COVID” or “when this is over.” The better of them have factored in COVID-19 related constraints to their medium-term plans and are even thinking about how the world may change in the long-term.

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Resilience in the Face of COVID-19

| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2020)

We are all becoming more familiar with this disease than we care to be—and may become yet more so. Still uncertainty remains. It began even with the terminology. Coronavirus is a descriptor, a general term. Under the microscope, the virus has crown-like spikes, hence corona.

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The View From Davos

| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2020)

Another year, another Davos. Every year there are meta-themes and subsidiary themes that occupy the global elite in the Congress Centre and the many meetings around town.

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