David has been working in the defence sector for over 30 years with extensive knowledge of the US market. David spent 17 years with GEC-Marconi before joining Chemring Group PLC in 1987 where he was appointed Chief Executive in 1999. He remained on the Chemring Board as a Non-Executive Director following his retirement in 2005 but stood down from this role during 2012 to focus on his role as Chairman of Avon Rubber p.l.c.
Paul McDonaldChief Executive Officer
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2017, Paul was Managing Director of milkrite | InterPuls and, since 2007, a key member of the Group Executive management team. Paul joined the Group in 2003 and spent the early part of his career at Avon in commercial and operational roles which included responsibility for all UK operations and the European Protection and Dairy business units.
Nick KevethChief Financial Officer
Nick was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. Prior to joining Avon, Nick was Director of Finance, Planning & Reporting at Imperial Brands, the FTSE 20 tobacco group. He was with Imperial for 12 years and held a variety of senior finance roles during this period. Nick also served as a Non-Executive Director of the Spanish listed group Compania de Distribucion Integral Logista Holdings, S.A., a leading distributor of products and services to convenience retailers in Southern Europe, from 2014 until 2017. Prior to joining Imperial Nick worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 14 years in both audit and advisory roles.
Bruce ThompsonNon-Executive Director and Chair Designate
Bruce joined the Board in February 2020. During his executive career, Bruce was Chief Executive Officer of Diploma PLC, the FTSE 250 specialised technical products and services business, for over twenty years. Prior to joining Diploma, Bruce was a director with the technology and management consulting firm Arthur D. Little Inc., both in the UK and the USA. He is currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of discoverIE Group plc.
Chloe PonsonbyNon-Executive Director
Chloe has spent her 20-year career in financial services, first in equity fund management at Jupiter; and then in investment banking at Altium, Oriel Securities (now owned by Stifel) and currently at Panmure Gordon where she is a Senior Managing Director. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a first class Economics degree from the University of Manchester.
Pim VervaatNon-Executive Director
Pim joined the Board in March 2015. Until recently, Pim was the Chief Executive of RPC Group Plc, the leading plastic products design and engineering group and a FTSE 250 listed company, from May 2013 to July 2019 (having been the CFO since 2007). Prior to this, Pim worked for Dutch metals producer, Hoogovens Groep, before joining Dutch ship propulsion producer Lips Group as Chief Financial Officer in 1996. In 1999 he returned to Hoogovens Groep (acquired by Corus) and in 2004 became divisional Finance Director of the ￡3bn turnover Corus Distribution and Building Systems Division.
Miles Ingrey-CounterGroup Counsel and Company Secretary
Miles is a qualified solicitor, he joined the group in January 2004 and has been a member of the Group Executive management team since 2008.
Miles also has responsibility for all Group HR matters and is Chairman of the Avon Rubber Retirement and Death Benefits Plan. Prior to joining Avon, Miles was a solicitor with Osborne Clarke LLP.