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 and experience

Mark has experience of a variety of industry sectors from membership of the boards of FTSE listed companies.

Mark was a Non-executive Director of G4S plc, where he was the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, from September 2006 until May 2016. 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 worked for IBM for over 30 years where he occupied a number of senior management positions, including General Manager of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa 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 and experience

Steve has in-depth experience of the defence industry and technology, and extensive operational and corporate experience and stewardship.He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of 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 held various roles with MBDA from 2001 to 2014, most recently as Managing Director, MBDA UK and Technical Director for the MBDA Group. Before that, he held various roles in engineering with Matra BAe Dynamics from 1996 to 2001, and various roles with British Aerospace held from 1989 to 1996.

Other appointments: Steve is 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 and experience

David has extensive executive experience in blue-chip companies and has worked 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.

Before joining QinetiQ, David was Chief Financial Officer and a director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc from November 2014, having joined that company in January 2014 as Chief Financial Officer of the Aerospace Division. Prior to Rolls-Royce, David was Chief Financial Officer and a Board member of Edwards Group from 2010 to 2013. David was Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover from 2008 to 2010, having been Chief Financial Officer and Interim CEO in 2008 and, from 1983 to 2008, held a variety of roles with Ford Motor Company. During the year under review, David ceased to be an Advisory Board member for the Warwick Business School.

Other appointments: David is a 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 and experience

Michael has a wealth of operational and corporate experience and stewardship, including in the engineering sector.

Michael was Chairman of Ricardo plc from November 2009 until November 2014, having joined that Board in 2003, Chairman of BBA Aviation plc from June 2007 until May 2014 and CEO from February 2006 until June 2007, having joined that Board in 2005, and Chairman of Vitec Group plc from 2004 to 2012.

He was Senior Independent Director of Catlin Group Limited from 2005 to 2011. Michael was previously a Director of Williams plc where, at the time of the demerger in 2000, 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 and experience

Lynn has considerable experience in the international aerospace industry, including responsibility for business development, strategy, operational and manufacturing issues. She has a strong track record of running international operations, as well as experience of businesses in which technology and intellectual property are important.

Previously, Lynn was a Non-executive Director of Force Protection, Inc., Seabury Group, Graham Partners, Cordiem, Chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation, and a member of the Management Advisory Council of the Federal Aviation Administration. Lynn retired from Honeywell International in 2005, where she was Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Aerospace. Prior to that, she held a variety of roles in the commercial aerospace sector working for Allied Signal (which acquired Honeywell in 1999), the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Republic Airlines and ComAir Airlines.

Other appointments: Lynn is a 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)

Skills and experience

Sir James has significant experience of the defence industry, contracting with government and management.

Sir James was High Sheriff of Devon during 2015. 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: Sir James is the 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

Skills and experience

Ian has considerable experience in strategy, business transformation, eCommerce and international development.

He was Group Chief Executive of Electrocomponents plc from 2001 until 31 March 2015, having joined that company in 1995. Previously he worked for The Boston Consulting Group and was a Non-executive Director of the Sage Group plc from 2007 to 2013.

Other appointments: In October 2016, Ian was appointed 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 and experience

Paul has a broad range of experience in finance and corporate governance from a cross-section of industries, all of which leverage technology.

Previously, Paul was a Director of Knowledge Peers plc, 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, Group Finance Director of LASMO plc and a Trustee of Pilotlight. During the year under review, Paul ceased to be a Director of Independent Oil and Gas plc.

Other appointments: Paul is a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Royal Mail Group plc. He is also a 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
Remuneration Committee
Risk & CSR Committee
Nominations Committee
Security Committee

Skills and experience

Susan has extensive experience of investing in growing technology businesses, acquisitions, intellectual property and exploitation of new technologies.

She was a founder of Touchstone Innovations plc (formerly Imperial Innovations Group plc), leading it as CEO from 2002 to July 2013, and previously has served on a variety of private company boards in engineering, healthcare and materials. Susan was a Trustee of Fight for Sight from 2013 to 2016. During the year under review, Susan ceased to be a member of the international advisory board of PTT. Susan held a variety of commercial and business development roles in her early career with Shell Chemicals, the Bank of Nova Scotia and Montech (Australia).

Other appointments: Susan is the Senior Independent Non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of both Benchmark Holdings plc and Horizon Discovery Group plc. She is Chair of Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc and Chair of Mercia Technologies plc (and Chair of its Nominations Committee), having been previously Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit 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 FTSE250 companies.