Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of the business of the Group and the Directors’ powers are subject to the Company’s Articles of Association and any applicable legislation and regulation.

Non-executive Chairman

Non-executive Chairman

Mark Elliott

Appointment to the Board

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.

Board contribution 

In addition to his long business experience, Mark brings to the Board 15 years of experience from board positions on FTSE listed companies. Mark’s extensive international Board and management experience is essential to his work as the Chairman of the Board of QinetiQ, where he is responsible for leading the Board and ensuring that it operates effectively in
order to promote the long-term success of the Company.

Skills and experience

Mark was a Non-executive Director of G4S plc, where he was also appointed the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He was a Non-executive Director of Reed Elsevier NV, and Reed Elsevier Group plc, where he also became Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Mark worked for IBM for over 30 years, occupying a
number of senior management positions, including General Manager of IBM EMEA, and a member of IBM’s worldwide Management Council.

Other appointments: Mark is Chairman of Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited.

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Wadey

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2015.

Committee memberships

Nominations Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee

Board contribution

Steve has a proven track record of driving growth, and in-depth experience of the defence and technology industries. He also has extensive operational and corporate experience. Steve is responsible for the Group’s executive management, and implementation of the strategy.

Skills and experience

Steve is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was previously Co-Chair of the UK Defence Growth Partnership, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, Co-Chair of the National Defence Industries Council Research and Development Group, and a
Non-executive Director of the UK MOD Research and Development Board.

Steve has held various roles with MBDA, most recently as Managing Director, MBDA UK, and Technical Director for the MBDA Group. Before that, he held various roles with Matra BAe Dynamics and British Aerospace.

Other appointments: Chair of the Defence Industry Liaison Board of the UK Department for International Trade, Defence & Security Organisation..

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

David Smith

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2017.

Committee memberships

Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee

Board contribution

David provides significant expertise to the Group from his extensive executive experience in blue-chip companies and work in the aerospace and defence, technology, and automotive sectors.

Skills and experience

David is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of its Advisory Panel. David was previously the CFO of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, having joined as CFO of its Aerospace Division. Prior to that, David was CFO of Edwards Group and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, having previously been its CFO. He has also held a variety
of roles with the Ford Motor Company.

Other appointments: Non-executive Director of Motability Operations Group plc.

Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Michael Harper

Appointment to the Board

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 (Chairman)
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee

Board contribution

Michael has a wealth of operational and corporate experience. Michael’s extensive career as a business leader and Board member within, amongst others, engineering and aviation businesses, brings highly valuable insight to the Board and its discussions, and in particular to his role as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Skills and experience

Michael has served as Chairman of Ricardo plc, Vitec Group plc, and BBA Aviation plc, having previously been its CEO. He was Senior Independent Director of Catlin Group Limited. In addition, he was a Director of Williams plc and, at the time of its demerger, he became CEO of Kidde plc.

Other appointments: Michael is a Non-executive Director of the Aerospace Technology Institute.

Non-executive Director

Non-executive Director

Lynn Brubaker

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Non-executive Director in January 2016.

Committee memberships

Audit Committee
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee

Board contribution

Lynn’s experience from senior Board positions from various U.S.-based businesses, in particular the aerospace sector, makes her a valuable member of the Board to support the Company’s strategic goals, management of customer relations, and sales and marketing.

Skills and experience

Lynn has held positions as Non-executive Director of Force Protection, Inc., Seabury Group, Graham Partners, Cordiem, the Flight Safety Foundation (as Chair), and as a member of the Management Advisory Council of the Federal Aviation Administration. Lynn was Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Aerospace at Honeywell International, and prior to that, she held a variety of roles in the commercial aerospace sector working for Allied Signal, the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Republic Airlines and ComAir Airlines.

Other appointments: Non-executive Director of FARO Technologies Inc., Hexcel Corp. and The Nordam Group.

Non-executive Director

Non-executive Director

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Non-executive Director in April 2010.

Committee memberships

Audit Committee
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee (Chairman)
Security Committee (Chairman)

Board contribution

Sir James brings to the Board unique experience from the defence industry, and of contracting with government departments. As a result of his experience he serves as Chair of the Risk & CSR Committee and of the Security Committee.

Skills and experience

During a 37 year career in the Royal Navy, which culminated in his appointment as Commander-in-Chief Fleet, he commanded the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and three other ships and submarines.

Between operational duties, Sir James held several positions at the MOD and gained cross-Whitehall experience while on secondment to HM Treasury.

Other appointments: Non-executive Chairman of Witt Limited.

Non-executive Director

Non-executive Director

Ian Mason

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Non-executive Director in June 2014.

Committee memberships

Audit Committee
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee

Board contribution

Ian has extensive experience in strategy, business transformation, eCommerce and international business development. His current and previous
experience as a CEO and Non-executive Director, enable him to provide the Board with highly relevant business and Board experience. His advice has been, and continues to
be, particularly valuable for the Board and leadership team in the work of implementing the strategy and effecting the transformation of the Company.

Skills and experience

Previously Ian was Group Chief Executive of Electrocomponents plc. He has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group and served as a Non-executive Director of the Sage Group plc.

Other appointments: Chief Executive Officer of Domestic & General Insurance Limited.

Non-executive Director

Non-executive Director

Paul Murray

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Non-executive Director in October 2010.

Committee memberships

Audit Committee (Chairman)
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee

Board contribution

Paul has a broad range of experience in finance and corporate governance from many industries, all of which leverage technology.
Having previously been a Group Finance Director of plc businesses and the current Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of Royal Mail Group plc, Paul has a deep understanding of governance, accounting, and regulatory issues. Given his financial background at Board level, he serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Skills and experience

Paul has held positions as Director of Knowledge Peers plc, and Independent Oil and Gas plc, Senior Independent Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, and Non-executive Director of Thomson SA and Tangent Communications plc. He has also been Group Finance Director of Carlton Communications plc and LASMO plc, and a Trustee of Pilotlight.

Other appointments: Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Royal Mail Group plc. Director of Ventive Ltd and Naked Energy Ltd.

Non-executive Director

Non-executive Director

Susan Searle

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Non-executive Director in March 2014.

Committee memberships

Audit Committee
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Security Committee

Board contribution

Susan brings to the Board extensive experience of investing in growing technology businesses, acquisitions, intellectual property and exploitation of new technologies. Susan’s experience from a variety of commercial, business
development and operational roles, and from serving on a variety of private company Boards, enables her to provide both challenge and beneficial advice.

Skills and experience

Susan was a founder of Touchstone Innovations plc, leading it as CEO to 2013. She has served on a variety of private company boards in engineering, healthcare and materials. Susan was a Trustee of Fight for Sight, and a member of the international advisory Board of PTT. Previously, she held a variety of commercial and business development roles with Shell Chemicals, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Montech (Australia), and Signet Group plc.

Other appointments: Senior Independent Non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of both Benchmark Holdings plc and Horizon Discovery Group plc. Chair of Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc and Mercia Technologies plc (and Chair of its Nominations Committee).

Company Secretary and Group General Counsel

Company Secretary and Group General Counsel

Jon Messent

Appointment to the Board

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 FTSE 250 companies.