Anthony Best

Anthony Best

Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed:

Founded Anthony Best Dynamics Limited in 1982 and joined the Board immediately following the IPO on 22 May 2013.

Skills and experience:

Anthony graduated from Cambridge University in Mechanical Sciences Tripos (Engineering) and subsequently joined Rolls-Royce Cars in 1960 working on vehicle suspensions. In 1963, he moved to Avon Rubber Limited working on the design and development of tyre manufacturing equipment, ultimately becoming Production Manager in 1965. In 1967, he joined Moulton Developments as Chief Engineer working on vehicle suspensions for cars, trucks and coaches. Following the closure of Moulton Developments in 1982, he founded Anthony Best Dynamics Limited.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

External appointments:

None

Dr James Routh

Dr James Routh

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed:

Joined the Company and was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2018.

Skills and experience:

James brings significant engineering and management leadership gained across international businesses. Prior to joining the Group, James was Group Managing Director at FTSE 250 listed Diploma PLC for six years where he delivered a series of successful international acquisitions. His previous career involved engineering leadership positions predominantly in the aerospace and defence industry, including senior roles at Chemring Group PLC and Cobham PLC.

James holds a PhD in engineering and is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

External appointments:

None

Sarah Matthews-DeMers

Sarah Matthews-DeMers

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed:

Joined the Company and appointed to the Board on 4 November 2019.

Skills and experience:

Sarah has extensive experience of financial management in public company environments, investor relations and strategic development. Most recently Group Finance Director of Carclo plc, Sarah was previously Director of Strategy at Rotork plc where she led a wide-reaching strategic review. Prior to this she was Deputy Finance Director at Avon Rubber plc, being part of the senior management team during a period of significant transformation. She began her career at PwC, working with many international manufacturing and technology companies.

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the ICAEW with a first-class degree in Accountancy Studies.

External appointments:

None

Richard Hickinbotham

Richard Hickinbotham

Non-Executive Director

Appointed:

Joined the Board and appointed Chairman of the Nomination Committee on 14 August 2017.

Skills and experience:

Richard holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years' City experience. He is currently Head of Research at N+1 Singer and was previously in research management roles at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and Charles Stanley Securities. He has held several senior positions at Investec and S G Warburg & Co. (acquired by UBS).

In 2013 Richard was part of the advisory team that took the Company on to AIM.

External appointments:

Richard is Head of Research at N+1 Singer and a Non-Executive Director of Directa Plus Plc.

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Louise Evans

Non-Executive Director

Appointed:

Jointed the Board and appointed Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee on 6 April 2020.

Skills and experience:

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Louise was previously Group Finance Director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings plc and most recently, Braemar Shipping Services plc.

External appointments:

Louise is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Gooch & Housego plc, Non-Executive Director of the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation and Non-Executive Director of SCB Brokers SA.

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Richard (Dick) Elsy

Non-Executive Director

Appointed:

Jointed the Board and appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 1 August 2020.

Skills and experience:

Dick is a career veteran from the automotive industry, with the bulk of his time spent at Land Rover and then Jaguar, where he was Engineering Director. He ran Torotrak plc, the innovator in traction drive technology, for several years.

Most recently Dick has been chairing the Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium, an extraordinary programme to repurpose the automotive, motorsport and aero industries to build thousands of complex medical devices in a matter of a few weeks.

External appointments:

Dick is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a board member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and a member of the Automotive Council's Technology group.

He is also on the council of the UKRI-STFC and supports the research and technology community through his board role with AIRTO

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