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Board of Directors

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Carl-Peter Forster became a Non-Executive Director of Chemring Group on 01 May 2016, and Chairman on 01 July 2016. He is a highly accomplished senior executive, who has extensive experience within the industrial goods and engineering sectors, including senior leadership positions in some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers including BMW, GM and Tata Motors. He is currently a non-executive director of Rexam PLC, IMI plc and Cosworth Ltd. He is also Chairman of the London Taxi Company, a member of the Board of Volvo Cars Corporation, and a member of the Board of Geely Automobile Holdings. From 2003 to 2006 he was a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce plc.

Aged 63.

Michael Flowers

Michael Flowers was appointed as Group Chief Executive on 24 June 2014. He was previously Group Director, Countermeasures, and a member of Chemring’s Executive Committee.

Michael has spent 13 years in senior management positions within the defence industry. He previously served in the Australian Army for 22 years and was a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and the British Royal Military College of Science. After leaving the army, he joined BAE Systems (Australia) from 2001 to 2005, in programme and project management roles.

In 2005, he was appointed Managing Director, Chemring Australia, a role he held until 2013, when he was appointed Group Director, Munitions, with responsibility for Chemring’s European munitions business. Michael led the successful sale of the European munitions business following the 2013 strategic review, working closely with Chemring’s Board and advisers to negotiate and complete the £134.5 million disposal in May 2014.

Age 54.

Nigel Young became a Non-Executive Director of Chemring Group on 1 May 2013. This followed his appointment as Interim Chief Financial Officer in July 2012. Nigel was previously finance director of United Scientific Holdings PLC (subsequently ALVIS PLC), First Technology PLC and Babcock International PLC. More recently he was Group Finance Director of the FTSE 250 company Morgan Crucible Company plc, until he retired in 2004. Since then Nigel has undertaken a number of charitable, interim and consultancy roles including the UK Atomic Energy Authority and McBride PLC.

Aged 64.

Sarah Ellard was appointed as Group Legal Director on 7 October 2011. Sarah joined Chemring Group PLC in 1994, and was appointed as the Group Company Secretary in January 1998. Sarah is responsible for all legal and compliance matters, insurance, and employee benefits, and is a member of the M&A team. In addition to her role as Group Legal Director, Sarah fulfils the role of Company Secretary. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Prior to joining the Group, Sarah trained and worked at Ernst & Young LLP.

Aged 47.

Daniel Dayan was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Chemring Group PLC on 7 March 2016, and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.  He is also Chairman and CEO of LINPAC Group and is non-executive Chairman of the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute Ltd.

Daniel has a wealth of senior level experience within the engineering and manufacturing sector, including a number of executive and non-executive roles. From 2005-2013 Daniel was CEO of Fiberweb plc, a global, speciality industrial textiles manufacturer. During his tenure he led a turnaround of the business, major portfolio restructuring, its demerger and LSE-listing, and a programme to strengthen the balance sheet. In 2013, Daniel led Fiberweb's sale to a US competitor, delivering excellent shareholder value.  

Daniel holds a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, and earlier in his career worked at ICI plc, Arthur D. Little Ltd and Novar plc.

Aged 53.  

Andrew Davies was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Chemring on 17 May 2016. He is currently Chief Executive of Wates Group Ltd, a family-owned construction services and development company based in Leatherhead, UK, with annual turnover of approximately £1.25 billion.

Andrew brings a wealth of relevant sector experience, having served in senior roles at BAE Systems Plc for more than fourteen years. Prior to joining Wates Group in January 2014, Andrew was Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Maritime business, a major division of  BAE Systems, managing a turnover in excess of £2 billion and with over 14,000 employees. Prior to this he held roles as Group Strategy Director, at which time he was appointed a member of the BAE Systems Executive Committee, and Managing Director of its Land Systems division.

Age 52.


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