Brian Cubbon

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Sir Brian Crossland Cubbon GCB (9 April 1928 – 20 May 2015) was a British senior civil servant and a member of the Charter Compliance Panel of the Press Complaints Commission.

Cubbon was educated at Bury Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became Permanent Under Secretary of State (the senior civil servant in charge of a Government department) of the Northern Ireland Office from 1976 to 1979 and Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1979 to 1988. He was a Press Complaints Commission Commissioner from 1995 to 2002.[1]

Cubbon was injured in an IRA bomb explosion in which the British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, was killed in 1976. The car in which the party was travelling was blown up by a bomb concealed in a culvert under the road. Cubbon's Private Secretary, Judith Cooke, was also killed, and the driver, Brian O'Driscoll, was injured.[2]

He died of a heart attack on 20 May 2015 at the age of 87.[3]


  1. ^ Brian Cubbon profile,; accessed 6 May 2012.
  2. ^ Sir Brian Cubbon profile Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.,;accessed 6 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Sir Brian Cubbon, civil servant - obituary". The Telegraph. London. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Armstrong
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Sir Clive Whitmore