Appointed: Non-executive Director in February 2014. Non-executive Chairman and Nomination Committee Chairman in January 2019.
Skills and contributions: Douglas is a highly experienced electronic systems engineer with a strong track record of managing and driving growth within electronics businesses. He is an experienced Chairman and Chief Executive having performed these roles at Ultra Electronics Holdings plc.
Career and experience: Douglas began his career with the Racal Electronics Group in 1975, before moving to Schlumberger in 1986 and then to Dowty as Engineering Director of Sonar & Communication Systems in 1988. In 1992, he became Managing Director of that business and, after participating in the management buy-out that formed Ultra Electronics, joined the Board in October 1993. In April 2000, he became Managing Director of Ultra’s Information & Power Systems division. In April 2004 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and became Chief Executive in April 2005. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in April 2010 and became Chairman of Ultra in April 2011 until 28 January 2019 when he retired from Ultra as Chairman. Douglas was Morgan Advanced Materials plc’s Senior Independent Director from January 2015 until December 2017. He was appointed to the role of Chairman in January 2019 and stepped down as Chair of the Remuneration Committee at the same time.
Additional appointments: Chairman of Metalysis Limited.
Committees: Nomination (Chair) and Remuneration.