Villiers matriculated in 1997 from Boland Agricultural High School after which he acquired his degrees B.Acc at the University of Stellenbosch and B.Compt (Hons) at UNISA. He completed his articles at Moores Rowland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, after which he joined Ernst & Young and worked in the U.S., Holland, Namibia, Norway, Ghana and South Africa. After his return to South Africa he also received the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification and became the Investment Risk Specialist, and later Manager at Momentum Asset Management (formerly Metropolitan Asset Managers) before he joined SSK. He is married to Catherine, a teacher, who shares his love for family, friends, nature and peanut butter milkshakes. They are the proud parents of 3 children, the twins Pamela and Andries and their smaller brother Colin.