Appointed: February 2014.
Skills, career and experience: Douglas is a highly experienced electronic systems engineer with a strong track record of managing and driving growth within electronics businesses. Douglas began his career with the Racal Electronics Group in 1975, before moving to Schlumberger in 1986 and then to Dowty as Engineering Director of Sonar & Communication Systems in 1988. In 1992, he became Managing Director of that business and, after participating in the management buy-out that formed Ultra Electronics, joined the Board in October 1993. In April 2000, he became Managing Director of Ultra’s Information & Power Systems division. In April 2004 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and became Chief Executive in April 2005. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in April 2010 and became Chairman of Ultra in April 2011. He is currently temporarily assuming the role of Executive Chairman at Ultra until a chief executive is appointed. Douglas was Morgan Advanced Materials plc’s Senior Independent Director from January 2015 until December 2017.
Additional appointments: Chairman of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc and Chairman of Metalysis Limited.
Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration (Chair).