Our Advisory Group are professionals who come from a diverse range of industries and play a key role in providing guidance, advice and support around the initiatives and work the SECRC undertakes. 




Rob May is renowned in business as a CyberSecurity figurehead. He has been the Managing Director of ramsac limited for nearly 30 years. He is the former Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Surrey. He is an international CyberSecurity Keynote Speaker and his TED Talk ‘The Human Firewall’ spawned two books. Rob is the UK Ambassador for CyberSecurity for the IoD. He has the Freedom of the City of London, is a Liveryman in The Worshipful Company of World Traders and was named as the first honorary lifetime member of the Cloud Industry Forum for his contributions to the sector.


Rob is passionate about helping people better understand CyberSecurity and he has won a number of speaker awards for having successfully done this, making the complex straightforward using real life examples, clear easy to understand explanations and humour.

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EHJ & SJ Consultancy  

Having entered the field of engineering having undertaken an MEng in Electronics, Evan joined London Underground under the TfL graduate programme working on Control & IT systems across an aged IT and control system infrastructure and was introduced into the field of Cyber Security when delivering capital upgrade projects for enhancing the Signalling Control systems back some 10 years ago.

Since leaving the Railway behind, Evan set out to establish a boutique consultancy aimed at offering security architecture and security consultancy services and has since had the pleasure in working in many areas through interaction with Clients in the finance, insurance, critical Infrastructure and e-commerce/retail sectors. Specialising in Cloud, Enterprise and Application security are the key areas that Evan enjoys and has recently began looking into defence tactics to further aid businesses in supporting themselves in an ever changing landscape.

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PGCert TLHE, FHEA, MCIM, Ba (Hons), Deputy Head of  Southampton

Business School and Director of Postgraduate Programmes


University of Southampton 

Tom is the Deputy Head of Southampton Business School and Director of Postgraduate Programmes. Tom has nearly 15 years experience of higher education with specific interests in digital marketing and the use of technology within higher education delivery mechanisms. Prior to his career in higher education, Tom held positions with Hampshire Constabulary, Dixons Stores group and SME enterprises.


Tom has also held the position of Associate Dean (Enterprise and Employability) in the Faculty, as well as Head of Department, and Head of School at other Universities in the UK.


His current role assumes overall responsibility for ensuring compliance of the Southampton Business School’s educational activity within quality assurance frameworks as well as the promotion and development of the business schools education strategy across its Postgraduate programmes.



CEO and Founder of ROAR


Marilise is a Mindset & Performance Coach, Best-selling Author, TEDx Speaker and Cyber Security Awareness, Culture & Talent Expert. 


Marilise is the person behind ROAR! A few years ago, Marilise had a successful corporate career, as a female executive in a Big Four consulting firm. However, Marilise found her success came at an enormous price. she was on the brink of a nervous breakdown - mentally and physically exhausted with relationships with the people closest suffering as a result.

Marilise took the decision to take a step back and walk away - one of the most difficult things she has ever done - and along the way, learned a critical lesson: it is possible to have a fulfilling, balanced life without sacrificing success.

Today, Marilise is the founder and CEO of ROAR! Coaching and Consulting. ROAR! is how she now strives to live her life every day: on Purpose, in her Power, with the Courage to speak the truth - facing difficult conversations with herself and others, head on. 

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Ash Manor School


Agnes taught her first maths lesson in 1984 in Scotland.  She moved to Berkshire in 2002 as Head of Mathematics before becoming an Advanced Skills Teacher. She has worked in East Ayrshire, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Hackney and Merton in a range of pastoral and curricular roles.  


Agnes's move into school leadership has seen her work across a range of contexts including single and mixed sex schools; areas with relative affluence and those with socio-economic challenges. In all these roles she has put a passion for young people to achieve at the heart of her work, which in turn has seen an upturn in the students’ academic and social outcomes.  


Agnes has been headteacher of Ash Manor School in Surrey since January 2016 and is incredibly proud of what the young people in her school achieve.




Information Assurance Manager

Michael is a CISSP, CCSP and ITIL qualified Information Security Specialist with extensive expertise in the delivery of information security, complex IT services, ensuring efficiencies and leading change projects across large corporate environments.


With roles at HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and VTB Investment Bank, Michael has worked developed a varied range of technical skills with the ability to lead and engage with people of diverse and global backgrounds.


Michael is currently an Information Assurance Manager where he holds the responsibility for the development, implementation, delivery and support of the enterprise-level information security compliance strategy, with a focus on embedding ISO 27001 and being responsible for the Council’s compliance with GDPR, PSN and PCI-DSS.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Associate Director Information Security and Cyber Resilience


Nick Harris is passionate about realising a team’s full potential through effective leadership and has extensive cyber security experience across the public sector, consultancy and SMEs. After 12 years in IT and security in the Royal Air Force in the UK and overseas, Nick worked with clients on their security operations, and risk and compliance while at Deloitte. 


Moving to the Oxford University Press, and enthusiastic in the application of Lean and Six Sigma to improve efficiency, he invested in a preventative (shift-left) strategy to remove errors early, delivering application security testing and staff awareness, and the full spread of GRC capabilities alongside his leadership coaching.


Nick is now heading the cyber and information security team at Nanopore Technologies, continuing to focus on preventative resilience strategies and pragmatic technologies to return the most benefit for the necessary cost.



Consortium Manager

South East Grid for Learning

Heather is the consortium manager for South East Grid for Learning (SEGfL), one of the 7 remaining regional broadband consortia in England. Heather has driven the profile in cyber security across the consortium through involvement with partners such as the SEROCU, helping to raise awareness in schools and member local authorities.


Heather is the vice-chair of the NEN- the education network and on behalf of the group worked with NCSC on a joint project to increase cyber security awareness for school staff through easy to follow resource cards. She represents the NEN on two Digital Policy Alliance groups: cyber security/ E-crime and 21st Century skills, providing a voice for the schools’ sector. Heather is also the South East regional lead for the DfE EdTech Demonstrator Programme. 


Heather is passionate in ensuring cyber security is not solely a technical subject but one that also focuses on behaviours and simple messaging. 



Group Head of Operations

Branding Science

After an extended career in the military, Steve is now Group Head of Operations for Branding Science. A global specialty care insights-driven consultancy supporting the worldwide pharmaceutical industry, helping teams successfully launch new medicines with confidence. Ultimately, Steve is responsible for creating the operational environment to allow his team to be creative and produce excellent market research.


Security, especially cyber is a huge part of his role and through the relationship with the company’s IT provider and education of his team, Steve strives to keep the companies data protected. His military career and previous experience working with Law Enforcement has enabled him to understand the risks associated with a commercial framework and to ensure business continuity.


With very limited previous experience in cyber, Steve sees this as not only a great opportunity to enhance his knowledge, but to promote the SECRC to companies across the region in a similar position. 

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SECRC Metro Bank


Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Infosec and Cyber 

Metro Bank

Mark is an experienced Information security executive skilled in setting and implementing security strategy, leading security transformation programmes and building capability and teams to ensure sustainable improvement.


Mark has a wealth of experience gained over the past 25+ years leading, managing and implementing information security across a number of industry sectors including finance, banking, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, government and telecommunications.


Mark combines his experience with his passion for protecting customers and the wider public from cyber related incidents and losses. Mark’s crisis management credentials include multiple disasters from hurricanes to data centre loss, submarine cable breaks, dealing room relocation, fraud and abduction.


In a world where the only constant is change and where the pace of change is increasing, Mark embraces this and continuously looks for ways to help both individuals and companies make the step change in improvement that is needed.

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Michala Liavaag


Cybility Consulting

An experienced professional, speaker, mentor, and podcaster; I spent 20 years in IT and has over 10 years’ experience leading information governance and security programmes in local government, the National Health Service (NHS) and the charity sector.


As founder of Cybility Consulting, I work with not-for-profit leaders to demystify cybersecurity and better protect their organisations. My podcast and YouTube channel, Cybility Savvy, offers bite-sized cybersecurity advice for not-for-profit leaders.


I have contributed to work with the UK National Cyber Security Centre, NHS Digital, and sat on the Management Committee of the BCS Information Risk Management and Assurance (IRMA)

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Our advisory Group ensures the relevance of our services and benefits for all our members.

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