The Board is pleased to announce that Rich Cashin will succeed Nick Keveth as Chief Financial Officer of Avon Protection plc (“Avon Protection” or the “Group”).

As planned and previously announced, Nick will retire as Chief Financial Officer and stand down from the Board on 31 March 2022. Rich will join the Group as Chief Financial Officer-designate on 7 March 2022, enabling a period of hand-over, before being appointed to the Board as an Executive Director on 31 March 2022.

Rich brings to Avon Protection substantial experience in strategic and financial roles in listed companies in the aerospace and defence industry. Prior to this appointment, Rich has held the position of President, Strategy and Corporate Development for Ultra Electronics Holdings plc since June 2019. Prior to that he was Group Head of Investor Relations and, subsequently, a divisional Finance Director for Meggitt PLC. He has also held a number of investment and finance roles at Rolls-Royce plc and UBS AG. Rich is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Bruce Thompson, Chair of Avon Protection, said "I would like to welcome Rich to Avon Protection. Rich brings substantial financial, strategic and industry-specific experience, and we look forward to his participation in the execution of our ambitious strategy. We thank Nick for his significant contribution to the Group over the last four and a half years and wish him well for his retirement."

Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Avon Protection said "I am delighted Rich will be joining the Avon Protection leadership team. He brings significant relevant financial and commercial experience to the role and I look forward to working with him. I would also like to recognise and thank Nick for the leadership he has provided to the Group and for the day-to-day support he has provided me as CEO."

Nick Keveth, Chief Financial Officer of Avon Protection said "It has been a privilege and a pleasure to play a part in the evolution of Avon Protection over the last four and a half years. The Group is now well positioned for the future and I wish the team every success."

No further information is required to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13 in respect of Rich Cashin’s appointment as a director of Avon Protection.