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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.

Research Interests

  • Intelligence leadership
  • UK Intelligence Community
  • Intelligence Analysis

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.


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


1st Mar 2024

La communaute britannique du renseignement

Translated title of the contribution: The British intelligence communityParker-Vincent, C., Goodman, M. & Dylan, H., 1 Mar 2024, Les mondes du renseignement: Approches, acteurs, enjeux. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, p. 155-16713 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

13th Sept 2021

The UK's National Security Machinery - written evidence

Parker-Vincent, C., 13 Sept 2021, UK Government.

Research output: Other contribution

1st Jan 2020

The UK National Security Council and misuse of intelligence by policy makers: reducing the risk?

Parker, C. G., 2020, In: Intelligence and National Security.35, 7, p. 990-1006

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review