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The role of the Board is to provide effective leadership and direction in delivering the key corporate objective of adding long-term shareholder value, as measured by market capitalisation and the Group's ranking in the FTSE index, more rapidly than other companies to out perform the market.

Executive Director Non-Executive Director

Tony Rice

Chair

Appointed to the Board:

18 December 2018

Committees:

Nomination (Chair)

Other Key Appointments:

  • Chair of Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc
  • Senior Independent Director of Halma plc
  • Non-Executive Director of the Whittington Hospital Trust

Skills and Experience:

Senior business management in the aeronautical and electronics engineering sectors Senior Non-Executive roles in UK listed companies.

Tony Rice was CEO of Cable & Wireless Communications plc, CEO of Tunstall plc and held a number of senior roles in BAE Systems plc. Tony has a BA in Business Studies from City of London College and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.  

Simon Pryce

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board:

18 June 2018

Committees:

Nomination (Chair)

Other Key Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of Electrocomponents plc

Skills and Experience:

International automotive and engineering sector Senior leadership and general management experience in multinational listed companies.

Prior to his appointment, Simon was Group Chief Executive of BBA Aviation plc for 10 years.

Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK before working at the global investment banking firms of Lazards and JP Morgan, and then at GKN plc.

Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Reading.

Amitabh Sharma

Group Finance Director

Appointed to the Board:

4 May 2016

Skills and Experience:

Financial professional with extensive industry experience Business management in the electronics sector.

Amitabh has held senior finance positions at listed and private companies with multi-sector experience.

Amitabh was previously Group Financial Controller at Ultra from 1999 to 2005 and at Senior plc in 2014. He was Group Finance Director at Gibbs and Dandy plc (now Gibbs and Dandy Ltd) and a Divisional Finance Director at Saint Gobain.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 and was subsequently an audit manager with KPMG in London.

John Hirst

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

1 January 2015

Committees:

Audit (Chair), Nomination and Remuneration

Other Key Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of Marsh UK; Jelf plc; ORSUS Medical Ltd and White Square Chemical Inc
  • Senior Independent NonExecutive Director and Audit Chair at Anglian Water
  • Chair of Risk Committee of Jelf plc
  • Chairman of the British Standards Institute and the National Oceanography Centre

Skills and Experience:

Leadership in large global organisations Public and private sector experience.

John was Chief Executive of the Met Office, a post he held from 2005 to 2014. Between 1998 and 2005 John was CEO of Premier Farnell plc, having previously spent 19 years with ICI plc, where he was Chief Executive of ICI Performance Chemicals and ICI Autocolour, as well as being Group Treasurer.

He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for his national and international services to Meteorology.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a companion of the Chartered British Institute of Management.

Geeta Gopalan

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

28 April 2017

Committees:

Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Other Key Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of CYBG plc
  • Non-Executive Director of Funding Circle Holdings plc
  • Non-Executive Director of Wizink Bank S.A

Skills and Experience:

Senior management in the financial services sector Digital economy and the social sector.

Geeta has worked in commercial and retail banking as well as social investment and community development in the third sector.

Her executive roles included Chair Europe for Monitise plc, and Director of Payments Services at HBOS. Geeta also worked at Citigroup for 16 years, during which time she was a Managing Director for its UK retail bank and Business Development Head of EMEA.

She has experience coaching and mentoring as well as in-depth knowledge of the digital economy, mobile and internet spaces.

Martin Broadhurst

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

2 July 2012

Committees:

Audit, Nomination and Remuneration (Chair)

Other Key Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence
  • Trustee of the Royal Aeronautical Society

Skills and Experience:

Extensive experience in the defence and aerospace markets International business leadership and growth Large engineering organisation management experience.

Martin joined Marshall Aerospace as a management trainee in 1975 and, following a number of roles with the Company, including Production Director and Director of Programmes, served as Chief Executive between February 1996 and December 2010.

During his time as Chief Executive, he served on the Group Holdings Board and was Chair of a number of subsidiary companies.

Victoria Hull

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

28 April 2017

Committees:

Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Other Key Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of Rosenblatt Group plc

Skills and Experience:

Experience across a diverse range of sectors. Legal and Board level experience.

Victoria is a former Executive Director and General Counsel of Invensys plc and Telewest Communications plc.

She has considerable international and domestic experience of legal, commercial and governance matters having worked in global and domestic companies operating at a Executive Committee or Board level.

Sir Robert Walmsley

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

22 January 2009

Committees:

Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Other Key Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of Cohort plc

Skills and Experience:

Defence, security, transport and energy. Knowledge of Ultra’s main geographic markets. Substantial experience of government procurement.

Sir Robert was Chief of Defence Procurement at the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), a post which he held from 1996 until his retirement from public service in 2003.

Prior to his MOD appointment, Sir Robert had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, where he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in 1994 and served for two years as Controller of the Navy.

Executive Director Non-Executive Director