Our business is led by our experienced Board of Directors who focus on developing the Group’s strategy and supporting the leadership team to execute against it

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Bruce Thompson

Executive Chair
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Bruce Thompson

Executive Chair

I joined the Board in March 2020. During my executive career, I was Chief Executive Officer of Diploma PLC, the FTSE 250 specialised technical products and services business, for over twenty years. Prior to joining Diploma, I was a director with the technology and management consulting firm Arthur D. Little Inc., both in the UK and the USA. I am currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of discoverIE Group plc.

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Rich Cashin

Chief Financial Officer
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Rich Cashin

Chief Financial Officer

I was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in April 2022. Before joining Avon Protection, I was President, Strategy and Corporate Development for Ultra Electronics Holdings plc since June 2019. Prior to this I was Group Head of Investor Relations and, subsequently, a divisional Finance Director for Meggitt PLC and have held a number of investment and finance roles at Rolls-Royce plc and UBS AG.  

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Chloe Ponsonby

Non-Executive Director
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Chloe Ponsonby

Non-Executive Director

I have spent my 20-year career in financial services, first in equity fund management at Jupiter; and then in investment banking at Altium, Oriel Securities (now owned by Stifel) and currently at Panmure Gordon where I am a Managing Director in investment banking. I am also a Chartered Financial Analyst and have a first class Economics degree from the University of Manchester.

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Bindi Foyle

Non-Executive Director
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Bindi Foyle

Non-Executive Director

I joined the Board in May 2020. I have been Group Finance Director of Senior plc, a manufacturer for the aerospace, defence, land vehicle and power & energy markets, since July 2017, having served as an executive Director since May 2017. I joined Senior in 2006 as Group Financial Controller before becoming Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications in 2014. Prior to joining Senior, I held senior finance roles at Amersham plc and General Electric, having previously worked with BDO Stoy Hayward.

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Victor Chavez

Non-Executive Director
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Victor Chavez

Non-Executive Director

I have over 30 years of experience in the defence and security sectors. My early career focused on telecommunications and software before joining Thales UK in 1999. I was appointed Chief Executive in 2011, retiring in 2020 having successfully integrated and grown the business during this period. In recognition of my services to defence and security for the U.K. and France, I was appointed a CBE in 2015 and a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2020.

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Miles Ingrey-Counter

Group Counsel and Company Secretary
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Miles Ingrey-Counter

Group Counsel and Company Secretary

I am a qualified solicitor, having joined the group in January 2004 and have been a member of the Group Executive management team since 2008. I also have responsibility for all Group HR matters and am the Chairman of the Avon Protection Retirement and Death Benefits Plan. Prior to joining Avon, I was a solicitor with Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Rich Cashin

Chief Financial Officer
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Rich Cashin

Chief Financial Officer

I was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in April 2022. Before joining Avon Protection, I was President, Strategy and Corporate Development for Ultra Electronics Holdings plc since June 2019. Prior to this I was Group Head of Investor Relations and, subsequently, a divisional Finance Director for Meggitt PLC and have held a number of investment and finance roles at Rolls-Royce plc and UBS AG.  

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Steve Genzer

Chief Operating Officer
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Steve Genzer

Chief Operating Officer

I was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in August 2021. I joined Avon Protection from Ball Corporation, where I led an operations team with 23 plants producing food and beverage packaging. Prior to this, I worked at Ansell as President and General Manager of the Hand & Body Protection business and have held various roles at 3M Company, including as the Manufacturing Director.

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Miles Ingrey-Counter

Group Counsel and Company Secretary
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Miles Ingrey-Counter

Group Counsel and Company Secretary

I am a qualified solicitor, having joined the group in January 2004 and have been a member of the Group Executive management team since 2008. I also have responsibility for all Group HR matters and am the Chairman of the Avon Protection Retirement and Death Benefits Plan. Prior to joining Avon, I was a solicitor with Osborne Clarke LLP.

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James Wilcox

Chief Technology Officer
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James Wilcox

Chief Technology Officer

Prior to my appointment as Chief Technical Officer in 2021, I was President, Military and a member of the Group Executive management team. I joined the Group in 2003 and have held several roles overseeing Engineering, Marketing, Business Development & Sales and Product Category Management. Prior to my time at Avon, I worked at Dyson Ltd, responsible for new product development and transfer to overseas operations.