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Management


Nick Prest - Chairman

Nick Prest CBE
Chairman

Term of office

Nick became Chairman of Cohort on flotation in March 2006.

Background and experience

After graduating from Oxford in 1974 Nick joined the UK MOD. In 1982 Nick moved to Alvis, the defence contractor, undertaking a variety of roles before becoming Chief Executive in 1989 and Chairman and Chief Executive in 1996. Nick left Alvis following its acquisition by BAE Systems in 2004, by which time the company had become a leading international business in military land systems.

Nick was also Chairman of Aveva Group plc from 2006 until 2012.

External appointments

In addition to being Chairman of Cohort, Nick is also Chairman of Shephard Group, a privately owned media company specialising in defence and aerospace.

Key

Member of the Cohort plc Board of Directors

Member of the Remuneration & Appointments Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Andrew Thomis - Chief executive

Andrew Thomis
Chief Executive

Term of office

Andrew took over as Chief Executive of Cohort in May 2009.

Background and experience

Andrew graduated with an M.Eng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London in 1987. He spent nine years in science, technology and policy roles in the UK MOD. He left in 1996 and, after a period working with public and private sector clients at Capita plc’s management consultancy arm, he joined Alvis in a role covering strategy, M&A and business development. Following the acquisition of Alvis by BAE Systems in 2004, he worked with Nick Prest and Stanley Carter on the creation of Cohort plc, acting as Finance Director during the flotation and subsequently Corporate Development Director. From 2007 to 2009 he was Managing Director of MASS.

Key

Member of the Cohort plc Board of Directors

Member of the Remuneration & Appointments Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Simon Walther - Finance director

Simon Walther
Finance Director and Company Secretary

Term of office

Simon joined Cohort as Finance Director in May 2006.

Background and experience

After graduating with a BSc in Toxicology and Pharmacology from University College London, Simon went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross in 1992. Simon moved to the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) in 1993 where he was appointed a Chief Accountant for P&O European Ferries in 1995. He has 20 years’ industry-relevant experience, with previous senior finance roles at Alvis and BAE Systems.

Key

Member of the Cohort plc Board of Directors

Member of the Remuneration & Appointments Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Stanley Carter - Independent Non-executive Director

Stanley Carter
Non-executive Director

Term of office

Stanley has been with Cohort since its formation, initially as its Chief Executive before holding the office of Co-Chairman from 2009 until 2015. Stanley stepped down from Co-Chairman to become a Non-executive Director.

Background and experience

Stanley jointly founded Cohort with Nick Prest in 2006 with SCS as the launch vehicle on flotation. Prior to that he was Managing Director of SCS, which he founded in 1992 on leaving the Regular Army. During his military service as a Royal Artillery Officer he held a wide range of posts in the MOD, including with the central staff, in procurement and at government research establishments, as well as representing the UK on NATO technical committees. He received an award for the invention of a missile launcher from the UK MOD. He has degrees in Technology and Behavioural Science from Loughborough University and the Open University respectively, and an MSc in Information Systems from the Royal Military College of Science as well as having held a number of technology directorships.

Key

Member of the Cohort plc Board of Directors

Member of the Remuneration & Appointments Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Jeff Perrin - Independent Non-executive Director

Jeff Perrin
Independent Non-executive Director

Term of office

Jeff joined the Board of Cohort on 1 July 2015 and became Chairman of the Audit Committee following the AGM on 22 September 2015.

Background and experience

A chartered certified accountant, Jeff has held a number of senior financial positions including roles within Unilever, Oriflame, and the defence businesses of GEC and Radstone Technology Plc. In the latter company, he was also Chief Executive for four years until his departure a year after its acquisition by the General Electric Company in 2006.

External appointments

Jeff is also Chairman of the private equity-backed defence company Chess Technologies Ltd, a position he has held since 2008.

Key

Member of the Cohort plc Board of Directors

Member of the Remuneration & Appointments Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Robert Walmsley KCB - Independent Non-executive Director

Sir Robert Walmsley KCB, FREng
Independent Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Term of office

Sir Robert joined the Board of Cohort on flotation in March 2006. He is Chairman of the Remuneration & Appointments Committee.

Background and experience

Sir Robert served in the Royal Navy from leaving school until his final appointment as a Vice Admiral. After retiring from the Navy, he was appointed as Chief of Defence Procurement for the UK MOD, occupying that position from 1996 until 2003. He served on the British Energy board from 2003 until 2009 and until 2012 was a senior adviser at Morgan Stanley International and Chairman of the Major Projects Association. From 2004 until 2015, he served on the board of General Dynamics Corporation in the United States.

External appointments

Sir Robert is on the board of Ultra Electronic Holdings plc and holds a number of other advisory roles in the defence and energy sectors. Since 2013 he has been the independent Chairman of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Universal Credit programme and since 2014 he has been a Crown Representative within the Crown Commercial Service.

Key

Member of the Cohort plc Board of Directors

Member of the Remuneration & Appointments Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Chris Stanley - Interim Managing Director of MASS

Chris Stanley
Managing Director of MASS

Term of office

Chris was appointed as Managing Director of MASS in April 2017.

Background and experience

After graduating from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Astrophysics and obtaining a master’s degree in Microwave Solid State Physics from the University of Portsmouth, Chris started his career designing radar systems and antennas for Racal Defence before spending six years developing radar and IR countermeasures for the RAF at the Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment. Chris then spent four years as the Mathematical Modelling Group Manager at GEC Avionics, designing and developing advanced radar systems. During this time he also gained an MBA from Henley Management College.

Chris managed and directed the Technical Services business unit within the VT Group before moving to MASS in December 2007 as Director of the EWOS division and most recently filling the position of Managing Director.

Darren Allery - Managing Director of MCL

Darren Allery
Managing Director of MCL

Term of office
Darren became Managing Director of MCL in March 2009*.

Background and experience
Darren has over ten years’ senior managerial experience in the international defence sector. He began his career in 1985 at MEL as an Electronics Engineer. In 1990, he moved to MCL as a Support Engineer, primarily supporting electronic warfare equipment, specialising in ELINT. His roles at MCL have included Support Engineer, Support Manager, EW Sales Manager and Business Development Director.

* Darren Allery will be on sabbatical from MCL between August 2018 and February 2019, and Shane Knight is acting as Managing Director in his absence.

Stephen Hill - Managing Director of SEA

Stephen Hill
Managing Director of SEA

Term of office

Stephen was appointed as Managing Director of SEA in March 2011.

Background and experience

Stephen has over 15 years’ senior managerial experience, predominantly in the international aerospace and defence sector. He began his career in 1983 at GEC-Marconi as an Electronics Engineer, eventually becoming Business Director, with responsibility for the Land Systems electro-optics business at Basildon. In 2000, he moved to Thales, where his roles included Managing Director of the Air Operations business at Wells and Vice President with responsibility for the UK Air Systems Division. Prior to joining the Cohort Group, he was Chief Executive of CircleBath, a venture capital-backed private hospital in Bath. Stephen has a first class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a master’s in Engineering Project Management, and is a qualified Chartered Director.

António Lopes - Managing Director of EID

António Marcos Lopes
Managing Director of EID

Term of office

Antonio was appointed as Managing Director of EID in July 2016.

Background and experience

António graduated from the University of Lisbon as an electronics and telecommunications engineer in 1977, immediately joining the Portuguese Navy as an officer. At the same time, he was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Economics in Lisbon. António joined EID 35 years ago, as a research and development engineer. He assumed the leadership of the Naval Communications Division in 1996 and was appointed to the board of directors in 2000 as an Executive Director of the company. He was appointed Managing Director in July 2016 following Cohort’s acquisition of EID.

From 2001 to 2003 António was a Non-executive Director of STE, Serviços de Telecomunicações e Electrónica, S.A. and from 2001 to 2010 he was a member of the board of directors of NEC Portugal – Telecomunicações e Sistemas S.A.

Board of Directors


Nick Prest - Chairman Simon Walther - Finance director Jeff Perrin - Independent Non-executive Director
Andrew Thomis - Chief executive Stanley Carter - Independent Non-executive Director Robert Walmsley KCB - Independent Non-executive Director

Subsidiary Managing Directors


António Lopes - Managing Director of EID Darren Allery - Managing Director of MCL
Chris Stanley - Interim Managing Director of MASS Stephen Hill - Managing Director of SEA