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Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott
Non-executive Chairman

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 is a Non-executive Director of G4S plc and Chairman of Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited. 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

Appointment to the Board
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 US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is a Non-executive Director of Betfair Group plc and was formerly a Non-executive Director of Tomkins plc.

 
David Mellors

David Mellors
Chief Financial Officer

Appointment to the Board
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 and Wales.

 
Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent
Non-executive Director

Appointment to the Board
Appointed Non-executive Director in April 2010.

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

 
Michael Harper

Michael Harper
Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive Director

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 is Chairman of Ricardo plc and has announced his intention to retire from that company’s Board with effect from the end of the AGM in November 2014. He was Chairman of BBA Aviation plc from June 2007 until May 2014, having joined the Board in 2005, and also Chairman of Vitec Group plc from 2004 to 2012. He was previously a Director of Williams plc where, at the time of the demerger in 2000, he became CEO 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.

 
Ian Mason

Ian Mason
Non-executive Director

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 Mason is Group Chief Executive of Electrocomponents plc, a post he has held since 2001, 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. The Board considers that Ian brings a broad range of experience in strategy, business transformation and international development.

 
Jon Messent

Jon Messent
Company Secretary and Group General Counsel

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.

 
Paul Murray

Paul Murray
Non-executive Director

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 is currently a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Royal Mail Group plc. He is also a Director of Independent Oil and Gas plc, Ventive limited and Naked Energy Ltd and a Trustee of Pilotlight. He was previously 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 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

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 is a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Benchmark Holdings plc and a Non-executive Director of Horizon Discovery Group plc. She is also a member of the international advisory board of PTT, an advisor to the Technology Strategy Board and a Trustee of Fight for Sight.

Susan was a founder of Imperial Innovations Group, leading it as CEO from 2002 to July 2013, and has served on a variety of private company boards in engineering, healthcare and materials.

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.

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