David Evans,Chairman

David took up the position of Chairman of the Board in February 2012 having served on the Board from the time of his appointment in June 2007. He 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 and was appointed Chief Executive in 1999. He remained on the Chemring Board as a Non-Executive Director following his retirement in April 2005 but stood down from this role during 2012 to focus on his role as Chairman of Avon Rubber p.l.c. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of Whitman PLC.


Paul McDonald, Chief Executive

Paul was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 15th February 2017. Prior to this Paul was Divisional Managing Director of Avon’s Dairy division and 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 & Defence and Dairy business units.


Nick Keveth, Chief 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. 


Non-Executive Director

Chloe Ponsonby, Non-Executive Director

Chloe joined the Board in March 2016 and chairs the Remuneration Committee. Chloe recently joined institutional stockbroker Panmure Gordon, as Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Advisory division. Prior to this, Chloe was a partner at McClean Advisory, an independent advisory firm. Before joining McClean Advisory in November 2013, Chloe had spent approximately half her 15 year career managing UK equity funds at Jupiter, and the other half advising companies as a corporate broker, including at Altium, where she set up and managed the Corporate Broking and Investor Relations teams.

Non-Executive Director

Pim Vervaat, Non-Executive Director

Pim joined the Board in March 2015 and chairs the Audit Committee. Pim is Chief Executive of RPC Group Plc, the leading design and engineering group for plastic products, for both packaging and non-packaging markets and a FTSE 250 listed company. Pim was appointed RPC’s CEO in 2013, having previously been their Finance Director 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.