Her Majesty's Government Communications Centre

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Her Majesty's Government Communications Centre
Abbreviation HMGCC
Legal status Government agency
Purpose Government communications research
Region served UK
Membership 380 staff
Parent organization FCO
Affiliations GCHQ, MI5
Budget £30m
Website HMGCC

Her Majesty's Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) is a small group tasked to provide electronics and software to support the communication needs of the British Government. Based at Hanslope Park, it is closely linked with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the British intelligence community.


HMGCC used to have a communications centre at Signal Hill near Gawcott, also in Buckinghamshire. Stephen Ball was Chief Executive until 2000,[1] when Dr John Widdowson took over; Widdowson moved to GCHQ in 2005.[2]


The organisation employs approximately 380 personnel and the solutions it provides are bespoke to fit the needs of the government, its organisations, and specifically its intelligence assets. HMGCC is responsible for research and design in the following disciplines:

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  1. ^ "Honorary Doctorate". Plymouth University. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "John Widdowson becomes Director of CESG". University of Warwick. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 

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