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Anthony Best

Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed:

Founder of the Company 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

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Dr James Routh

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed:

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

Skills and experience:

James started his career in engineering as an apprentice before studying Mechanical Engineering at university. He subsequently gained a PhD from Cranfield University in 1999 in the field of fracture mechanics in non-linear materials. James then entered the aerospace and defence industry with roles at Cranfield Aerospace, Flight Refuelling (now Cobham PLC), GKN Aerospace in Australia and Chemring Group where he was Engineering & Technology Director. More recently, he joined Diploma PLC where he initially led business and corporate development delivering several UK and international acquisitions, before moving into a Group Managing Director role.

James is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

External appointments:

None

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Sarah Matthews-DeMers

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed:

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

Skills and experience:

Sarah began her career at PwC, working with many international manufacturing and technology companies. She then joined Avon Rubber plc as Deputy Finance Director, being part of the senior management team during a period of significant transformation. She became Director of Strategy and Investor Relations at Rotork plc where she led a wide-reaching strategic review across all areas of the business. Most recently she was Group Finance Director of Carclo plc.

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

External appointments:

None

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Graham Eves

Non-Executive Director

Appointed:

Joined the Board and appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee on 22 May 2013.

Skills and experience:

Graham spent 13 years at GKN plc operating across multiple overseas jurisdictions including setting up and running a special operation for GKNs head office in Switzerland. From 1980 he worked in venture capital and established his own international business consultancy. He co-founded and was chairman of an automotive technology company, Mechadyne (now part of KolbenschmidtPierburg AG). He was also chairman of PCB manufacturer, Lyncolec Limited, chairman of a specialist security company and a director of 3PC Investment Trust.

Graham was directly involved in the AIM flotations of Antonov plc and Transense Technologies plc and has a Master of Arts degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge.

External appointments:

Graham is a non-executive director of Haydale Graphene Industries plc and chairman of ExpatInfoDesk International Limited.

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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.

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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 Board advisor to SCB Group.

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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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