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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.

Andrew Lewis was appointed as Group Finance Director on 9 January 2017, and joined the board on 19 January 2017 following the publication of the Group’s final results for the year ended 31 October 2017.  Andrew was previously Group Finance Director of Avon Rubber p.l.c. (“Avon”), a role he held since September 2008.  He has a strong track record of consistent organic earnings growth and cash generation, supplemented by technology driven M&A activity.  In 2015 he performed the Interim CEO role, following the retirement of the previous CEO.

Andrew was awarded the Finance Director of the Year Award at the Quoted Company Awards in 2016 and the Young Finance Director of the Year Award at the ICAEW Financial Director’s Excellence Awards in May 2011.  He also gained a wide range of international experience as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bristol and New Zealand before joining Rotork p.l.c. as Group Financial Controller. He holds a 1st Class joint honors degree in Mathematics and Accounting from the University College of North Wales, Bangor and is a Fellow of the ICAEW.
 

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 46.

Terry Bridgewater joined Chemring in October 2008 from Smiths Group where he was Director of Environment, Health and Safety. Prior to Smiths, he worked for Goodrich as Director of Environment, Health and Safety Programmes based in Charlotte, North Carolina. His career started as a Mechanical Engineer with Lucas Aerospace and after various middle management positions, Terry spent several years leading major change projects including site relocations, IT system implementation, business process redesign and lean manufacturing. The last change programme was a complete overhaul of the health, safety and environment function for the organisation which turned into a passion that became a job.

Terry has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Practitioner.

Rik Armitage joined Chemring Group PLC in January 2006 responsible for the co-ordination of our strategic planning, market analysis and product development as well as the search for new business opportunities, such as acquisitions. Rik holds a BA and MEng in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University, and a MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He has spent a number of years as a consultant advising companies and venture capital investors on growth strategies and technology exploitation, and prior to that developing new businesses as a high tech VC investor, and as a project manager in the aerospace industry.

Prior to joining Chemring in September 2011, Rupert was Managing Director of the Corporate and Financial Communications Consultancy, Cardew Group. He has advised international companies, both public and private, across the spectrum of communication including M&A, flotations, rights issues and crisis management. Prior to this he was an officer in the British Army, where he served in the cavalry. Rupert was an adviser to Chemring from 2001 and oversaw the development of the Group’s corporate profile and reputation during that time. His experience in advising FTSE 100 Companies has given him a detailed understanding of the challenges facing companies undergoing global expansion.

He is on the committee of the Corporate and Financial Group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is a Trustee of the Sherborne School Foundation.

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