She has led Darktrace, a cyber security firm, since 2014. Her tenure has coincided with a growth in company revenue by more than 600% and a doubling in employee numbers.
Darktrace was founded in Cambridge in 2013 by mathematicians, machine-learning specialists and intelligence experts from MI5 and GCHQ. Its aim is to apply transformative technology to the challenges of cyber security. It uses machine-learning techniques based on the biological principles of the human immune system to address the challenge of detecting previously unidentified cyber threats, irrespective of their origin. At present, the company counts around 270 employees and 20 offices worldwide.
In 2015, Darktrace represented the UK’s cyber security industry worldwide when Nicole joined the Prime Minster on an official trade visit to Asia, where he hailed the pioneering firm as “flying the flag” for the UK economy. Nicole has also represented Darktrace in US and UK government-led trade missions to Mexico, Japan and Korea to strengthen its commercial presence and local relationships.
She has more than 25 years of commercial and marketing expertise, turning ideas into real-world products and helping companies scale. Under her leadership, the company’s machine learning and mathematical approach to cyber defence has won more than 22 awards, including World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.