CEO's first 100 days
08:00 Thursday, 09 December 2021
Simon Hepburn, CEO, UK Cyber Security Council
Tomorrow, Friday 10th December 2021, will be my 100th day in my role as CEO for the UK Cyber Security Council.
All CEOs will know that we like to set out our stall and to make an initial impact in the first 100 days of tenure. My commentary below hopefully shares some of the key achievements that the team and I have achieved over this period.
Firstly, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for recruiting me as the CEO for the Council. It is a privilege to lead such an important organisation. I shared the news on LinkedIn and had a fantastic response of over 90,000 views, 2,000 likes and nearly 600 comments from former colleagues, friends, and my professional network.
I have been welcomed with open arms by leaders, civil servants and sector professionals and have been overwhelmed with offers of support on a personal, technical and organisational basis. Thank you, colleagues!
So what has been achieved in my first 100 days?
- we have launched our organisational membership programme and have exceeded our full financial year target.
- nearly 120,000 views on posts on LinkedIn
- strengthened our governance arrangements, including the establishment of two sub-committees: a Finance and Audit Board (FAB) and the Governance & Nominations Board
- became a formal member of the CyBOK (Cyber Body of Knowledge) Steering Committee
- on-boarded and inducted four new high-quality Board of Trustees members
- presented or spoke at events including ones run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), The Security Institute, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) and The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
- built relationships and held meetings with all devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- met with over 70 individuals as part of strategic partnership meetings
- held regular meetings with DCMS, NCSC and the Cabinet Office
- involvement in the table-top Incident Response Exercise
- achievement of our Cyber Essentials certification
- became the lead organisation to progress two recommendations in NCSC's Decrypting Diversity report
- recruited four high-quality staff to drive our work forward
- planned a national, UK-wide roadshow for the first quarter of 2022 to sense-check our work on standards, ethics, careers and qualifications
- significant increase in our media coverage including in City AM, Computer Weekly, CSO Online and InfoSecurity Magazine
- updated our Risk Management process and reporting
- updated our Board of Trustees reporting approach
We are pleased with our progress to date but as ever there is a lot more to do. However, we are confident that with support from our funders, strategic partners, and key stakeholders, we will be able to bring about positive change for the sector and to give it the recognition that it truly deserves.