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Honorary Professor Human Resource Development, Glasgow Caledonian University

David is an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, having been initially appointed in 2017. In 2020, he was appointed by Sir John Saunders, Chairman of the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry, as a Security Subject Matter Expert, and provided evidence to the Inquiry. He has also spoken at a number of events on the current Protect Duty, which is being considered by the UK Government.

He previously spent 39 years in law enforcement,12 of these in counter terrorism protective security. His area of specialism is insider threat, with a focus on aviation, and he has spoken internationally on the subject. He was also responsible for developing an interactive insider threat exercising programme for the UK emergency services. David was also previously a member of the Airpol Insider Threat Group and worked with the Interpol CBRNE Terrorism Prevention Unit to develop an insider threat programme.

David completed a First-Class Honours degree with the Open University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was awarded a PhD at Glasgow University in 2012, which related to the protection of Critical National Infrastructure against the threat from terrorism, and was then subsequently seconded to the Scottish Government on a part time basis for an EU funded Project – Miracle, relating to the development of EU regional Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience strategies.

David was also engaged in joint research with Glasgow Caledonian University & the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) regarding the development of a Personnel Security/insider threat training and educational programme for HRM professionals.

He is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP), Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI), Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered MCIPD), Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), Chartered Manager (CMgr) and a Fellow of the Institute for Contingency Planning and Emergency Management (FICPEM).

He has also published a number of papers and articles on insider threat:

BaMaung, D. ((2018) Airport Security Threats: Combating the Enemy Within. The Conversation (Nov 2018)

BaMaung, D., McIlhatton, D., MacDonald, M., & Beattie, R. (2018). The Enemy Within? The Connection between Insider Threat and Terrorism. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 41(2), 133-150. DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2016.1249776

BaMaung, D. (2018). Security: The hidden ‘insider’ threat of the aviation sector. International Airport Review Issue 4: 2018 (20.8.18)

BaMaung, D. & Cuddihy, J. (2018) Corruption - The exposure and exploitation of human vulnerabilities. Chapter 6, Corruption in Commercial Enterprise. Law, Theory and Practice. Eds Liz Campbell & Nicholas Lord. Published by Taylor & Francis Group

Beattie, R. & BaMaung, D. (2015) Mind the Gap: HRD’s Role in Keeping Organisations Safe. Paper presented at the European HRD Conference at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. May 2017.


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    Honorary professor human resource development, Glasgow Caledonian University