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.

Skills, competence and experience 

Mark is responsible for leading the Board and ensuring that it operates effectively. Mark’s extensive business knowledge, experience on FTSE listed company boards, and his comprehensive international business and management experience, have been essential to his success in leading the QinetiQ Board as its Chairman. Mark was a Non-Executive Director of G4S plc, where he also served as 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 was 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

Skills, competence and experience

Steve’s proven track record of driving growth, and his in-depth experience of defence and technology industries is of essential importance and benefit to the Board and the Company. In addition, his extensive operational and corporate experience, is fundamental to his success in leading the Group’s Executive management team, and developing and implementing the Group’s strategy. 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. Previously 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

Skills, competence and experience

David provides significant expertise to the Group from his broad and comprehensive executive experience in blue-chip companies and work in the aerospace and defence, technology, and automotive sectors. David is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of its Advisory Panel. He 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

Skills, competence and experience

Michael brings to the Board a wealth of operational and corporate experience from a lengthy career as a business leader and Board member within, amongst others, the engineering and aviation industries. He continues to provide highly valuable advice to the Board and its discussions, in particular in his capacity as the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. 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

Skills, competence and experience

Lynn’s experience from a number of senior Board positions at various US-based companies, in particular in the aerospace sector, makes her a valuable member of the Board and enables her to provide insightful advice on matters such as strategy, management of customer relations, and sales and marketing. Lynn has held positions as Non-Executive Director of Force Protection, Inc., Seabury Group, Graham Partners, Cordiem, the Nordam Group, 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. and Hexcel Corp.

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)

Skills, competence and experience

Sir James brings to the Board unique senior experience from the armed forces and of contracting with government. In addition to his Board contribution of deep customer
knowledge, the Company also benefits from his experience in his roles as Chair of the Risk & CSR Committee and of the Security Committee. 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

Neil Johnson

Appointment to the Board

Appointed Non-executive Director on 2 April 2019.

Committee memberships

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

Skills, competence and experience

Neil’s former CEO experience and current roles as a plc Chairman and Non-Executive Director from numerous international businesses, including from the defence, automotive and engineering, and aerospace industries, brings to the Board relevant knowledge, challenge and leadership. Starting his career at Sandhurst and the Army, Neil then spent much of his early career in the automotive and engineering industries. He was worldwide Sales and Marketing Director at Jaguar before being seconded to the UK Ministry of Defence to command 4th Battalion The Royal Green Jackets. He returned to the industry with British Aerospace, initially running Land Rover and then all of its European automotive operations. Neil was later CEO of the RAC, managing the demutualisation and sale process. Since 2012 Neil has been Senior Independent Director of the Business Growth Fund. He is also a former Director General of the EEF and was a Home Office appointed Independent Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority. He was Chairman of Motability Operations until March 2019 and of Centaur Media plc until June 2019.

Other appointments

Chairman of Synthomer Plc (and Chair of its Nominations Committee) and Electra Private Equity plc and the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of the Business Growth Fund.

 

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

Skills, competence and experience

Ian brings to the Board extensive experience in strategy, business transformation, eCommerce and international business development. His current and previous experience as a CEO and Non-Executive Director, enables 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 the leadership team in the work of implementing and enhancing the transformation and strategy of the Company. 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 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

Skills, competence and experience

Paul’s broad range of experience in finance and corporate governance from many industries is of significant value to the Board. As a result of his previous roles as Group Finance Director of a number of plc companies and a plc Audit Committee Chair, he has gained a deep understanding of governance, financial reporting, and regulatory issues, and he therefore serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee. Paul has held positions as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Royal Mail Group plc, Senior Independent Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, Non-Executive Director of Thomson SA, Tangent Communications plc and Independent Oil & Gas plc. He has also been Group
Finance Director of Carlton Communications plc and LASMO plc, and Treasurer of Pilotlight.

Other appointments: 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

Skills, competence and experience

Susan brings to the Board essential experience of investing in growing technology businesses, acquisitions 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 to Board discussions. Susan was previously the Chair of Mercia Technologies plc.
She was a founder of Touchstone Innovations plc, and its CEO until 2013. In addition, she has served on a variety of private company boards in engineering, healthcare and advanced materials. Susan was a Trustee of Fight for Sight, and a member of the international advisory Board of PTT and she has 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 and 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. 

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, competence 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.