SECRC Advisory Group takes flight with two new members

We are delighted to announce two new members who have joined the SECRC Advisory Group. Welcome to Nicole Keeley, Head of Cyber Security Oversight for the Civil Aviation Authority and Marilise de Villiers, Founder & CEO Marilise de Villiers Basson Consulting.


Nicole and Marilise will work with the other Advisory Group members to provide the SECRC with guidance, advice and influence the direction of the Centre,

Nicole Keeley, Head of Cyber Security Oversight for the Civil Aviation Authority

Nicole leads the team responsible for regulatory cyber security oversight, for the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK. Her aim is to have a proportionate and effective approach that enables aviation to manage cyber security risks without compromising aviation safety, security, or resilience (with a particular focus on critical national infrastructure).

Previous to her role at the Civil Aviation Authority, Nicole worked for Virgin Atlantic for over 4 years with the roles of Information Security Analyst before taking on the role of Information Security Consultant. This role saw Nicole working as part of the team responsible for ensuring that Virgin Atlantic were suitably engaged in business and technology projects with a focus on Information Security general controls, Data Protection and PCI.

Having worked in a variety of industries in various GRC and technical information security roles, Nicole loves the interconnected and diverse nature of aviation.

On joining the South East Cyber Resilience Centre Advisory Group, Nicole said: “I’m really excited to be joining this policing initiative. As technology moves forward cyber security is becoming increasingly important across all sectors, not least in aviation. I believe regional centres like this one will make achieving cyber resilience across the UK more accessible to organisations of all sizes and levels of maturity. We are all definitely stronger together.”

Marilise de Villiers, Founder & CEO Marilise de Villiers Basson Consulting


Marilise de Villiers is a people and change leader, Marilise helps Executives to deliver an organisation’s purpose, values, and strategy by designing and implementing innovative and measurable employee engagement, learning and behavioural change strategies and programmes.

Marilise’s specialism is global cyber security transformation programmes, where she helps CISOs to create effective strategies for raising awareness of cyber risks, training colleagues to be cyber confident and competent, and embedding positive security behaviours into an organisation’s culture (DNA).

For over 20 years, Marilise has been designing and implementing people solutions (as part of global transformation programmes). She spent 16 years at PwC as a senior people and change consultant (main clients were Diageo, BP, Coca Cola Enterprises, Information Security Forum and NATS). Since starting Marilise de Villiers Basson Consulting in 2017, Marilise has held interim operational roles at Centrica and HSBC, as Global Head of Cyber Security Awareness, Culture and Training.

As a performance coach, bestselling author and thought leader, Marilise promotes the integral role that leaders and workplace cultures play in creating safe and inclusive environments where everyone can thrive; be at their best.


When asked about joining the SECRC Advisory Group, Marilise said “I am excited about the important work CRC is about to embark on and see my role as promoting human-centric cyber security. I am passionate about the role that leaders and cultures play in creating safe and inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. We have to engage, enable and empower people to become the strongest defence against cyber-attacks."

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