Our Board


Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott
Non-executive Chairman

Appointed Non-executive Chairman in March 2010; Non-executive Director between June 2009 and February 2010.

Committee memberships
Nominations Committee (Chairman)
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee

Skills and experience
Mark is a Non-executive Director of G4S plc. He was a Non-executive Director of Reed Elsevier Group plc (and also Chairman of its Remuneration Committee) and Reed Elsevier NV from April 2003 until April 2013.

He was previously General Manager of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa and was a member of IBM’s Worldwide Management Council.

The Board considers that Mark’s extensive experience in the technology services sector, in the US and Europe, together with his exposure to a variety of industry sectors on the boards of FTSE listed companies, is a valuable asset to the Group in terms of leadership and of addressing the strategic issues that affect the Group.

 
Leo Quinn

Leo Quinn
Chief Executive Officer

Appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2009.

Committee memberships
Nominations Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee

Skills and experience
Leo was Chief Executive Officer of De La Rue plc between 2005 and 2009. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Invensys plc’s Production Management Division and before that spent 16 years with Honeywell Inc. in a variety of senior management roles in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was formerly a Non-executive Director of Tomkins plc.

 
David Mellors

David Mellors
Chief Financial Officer

Appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2008.

Committee memberships
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee
Skills and experience

David was previously deputy Chief Financial Officer of Logica plc. He was also Chief Financial Officer of Logica’s international division, covering operations in North America, Australia, the Middle East and Asia and, before that, was the Group Financial Controller. His earlier experience includes various roles with CMG plc, Rio Tinto plc and Price Waterhouse. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

 
Michael Harper

Michael Harper
Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed Non-executive Director in November 2011. Appointed Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive Director in February 2012.

Committee memberships
Audit Committee
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee
Skills and experience

Michael was appointed Chairman of BBA Aviation plc in June 2007, having joined the Board in February 2005. He is also Chairman of Ricardo plc. He was Chairman of Vitec Group plc from 2004 to 2012 and was previously a Director of Williams plc where, at the time of the demerger in 2000, he became Chairman of Kidde plc.

The Board considers that Michael’s wealth of operational and corporate experience enables him to make a significant contribution to the Board.

 
Noreen Doyle

Noreen Doyle
Non-executive Director

Appointed Non-executive Director in October 2005.

Committee memberships
Audit Committee
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee (Chairman)
Risk & CSR Committee
Skills and experience

Noreen is a member of the Board of Credit Suisse Group (Zurich) and Chair of its UK regulated subsidiaries. She is a Non-executive Director of Newmont Mining Corporation (Denver), where she is Chair of the Audit Committee. From 2005 through 2012 she served on the Board of Rexam plc, where she was Chair of the Finance Committee. She was First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction nd Development (EBRD). Before EBRD, she worked in corporate finance and leveraged financing at Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank).

The Board considers that Noreen’s extensive international business experience, particularly in corporate finance, risk management and banking, is of significant benefit to the Board.

 
Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent
Non-executive Director

Appointed Non-executive Director in April 2010.

Committee memberships
Audit Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Nominations Committee
Security Committee
Skills and experience

Sir James commanded the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and three other ships and submarines during a 37-year career in the Royal Navy that culminated in his appointment as Commander-in-Chief Fleet. Between operational duties he held several positions at the MOD and gained cross-Whitehall experience while on secondment to HM Treasury.

The Board considers that Sir James’ expertise in the government contracting domain, particularly with the UK MOD and HM Treasury, is highly beneficial in the context of QinetiQ’s government-sourced operations.

 
Paul Murray
Paul Murray
Non-executive Director

Appointed Non-executive Director in October 2010.
Committee memberships
Audit Committee (Chairman)
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee
Skills and experience

Paul is currently a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Royal Mail Group. He is also a Director of Naked Energy Ltd, Ventive Ltd and Knowledge Peers plc and a Trustee of Pilotlight. He was previously Senior Independent Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, a Non-executive Director of Thomson SA and Tangent Communications plc, and has also been Group Finance Director of Carlton Communications plc and LASMO plc.

The Board considers that Paul brings a broad range of experience in finance and corporate governance from a cross-section of industries, all of which leverage technology.

 
Susan Searle
Susan Searle
Non-executive Director

Appointed Non-executive Director in March 2014
Committee memberships
Audit Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Nominations Committee
Security Committee
Skills and experience

Susan Searle is a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Benchmark Holdings plc, an AIM-listed international agricultural biotechnology business.

Susan was a founder of Imperial Innovations Group leading it as CEO from 2002 to July 2013. During that period, Innovations Group invested over £100m in a portfolio of engineering, technology and healthcare companies based on intellectual property developed at, or associated with, the UK’s leading research universities.

The Board considers Susan’s strong experience of commercialising new technologies and intellectual property of particular relevance to QinetiQ as it pursues its Organic-Plus strategy.

 
Jon Messent

Jon Messent
Company Secretary and Group General Counsel

Appointed as Company Secretary and Group General Counsel in January 2011.

Skills and experience

Jon joined QinetiQ from Chloride Group plc where he held a similar role. He has a background in legal private practice as well as general counsel and company secretarial experience in other FTSE250 companies.

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