Mark ElliottNon-executive ChairmanAppointment to the BoardAppointed Non-executive Chairman in March 2010; Non-executive Director between June 2009 and February 2010.
Skills and experienceMark 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.
David MellorsChief Financial Officer and acting Chief Executive OfficerAppointment to the BoardAppointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2008.
David Mellors has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of QinetiQ Group plc since August 2008 and became acting Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2015. He has played a pivotal role in the transformation of QinetiQ, leading both the finance and commercial functions, and delivering a significant strengthening of the balance sheet and improved capital discipline.
Before QinetiQ, David held a number of roles at Logica plc including Deputy Group CFO, CFO of Logica's international division and Group Financial Controller. Earlier experience included various roles with CMG Plc, Rio Tinto plc and PriceWaterhouse.
David graduated in Physics from Oxford University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Admiral Sir James Burnell-NugentNon-executive DirectorAppointment to the BoardAppointed Non-executive Director in April 2010.
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 HarperDeputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive DirectorAppointment to the BoardAppointed Non-executive Director in November 2011. Appointed Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive Director in February 2012.
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 MasonNon-executive DirectorAppointment to the BoardAppointed Non-executive Director in June 2014.
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 MessentCompany Secretary and Group General CounselAppointment to the BoardAppointed as Company Secretary and Group General Counsel in January 2011.
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 MurrayNon-executive DirectorAppointment to the BoardAppointed Non-executive Director in October 2010.
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 SearleNon-executive DirectorAppointment to the BoardAppointed Non-executive Director in March 2014.
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.