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Celia started as a PhD candidate at King’s in 2019. She completed her MA in Intelligence and Security at the University of Leicester. She previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has been teaching intelligence analysis around the world since 2015.

Thesis Title

How best to steer HMS Intelligence? An exploration of the leadership of the UK’s Intelligence Community.


Celia’s project applies leadership and management theories to historic and contemporary leadership of the UK’s Intelligence Community (UKIC). The project will examine how the manner of leadership of the UKIC has contributed to intelligence failures, and how the vulnerability of the intelligence system to negative politicisation has been impacted by different types of leadership. The project will define an optimal leadership framework for the UKIC in the 21st century.

Research Interests

Intelligence leadership; UK Intelligence Community; Intelligence Analysis


Professor Michael Goodman (primary); Dr Jules Gaspard (secondary)