Executive Team

The role of the Executive Team is to provide assistance to Ultra’s Chief Executive Officer in the development and execution of the Group’s strategy, policies, procedures and culture.

The Executive Team also monitors the strategic, operating and financial performance of the Group and the development of talent and succession, ensuring that the Group has aligned strategic plans as well as the diverse mix of experience, skills and capabilities needed to support effective delivery of the strategy.

Simon Pryce

Prior to his appointment in June 2018, Simon was Group Chief Executive of BBA Aviation plc for 10 years, a FTSE 150 listed, US-based group that employs some 14,000 people at over 200 locations around the world. Simon led the migration and growth of BBA Aviation from a financial conglomerate to the world's leading aviation support and aftermarket services company.

Simon is currently a Non-Executive Director of Electrocomponents plc, is Chairman of its Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. He was appointed to the Board in September 2016.

Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK before working at the global investment banking firms of Lazards and JP Morgan, in London and New York, and at the international automotive and engineering group GKN plc in the UK and Germany in a range of international corporate finance, finance and general management roles. Simon has also chaired or been on the Board of numerous trade bodies including the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and was an Associate Director of Alvis plc prior to its acquisition by BAe in 2004. Simon is a member of the Council of the University of Reading, Chairman of its Investment Committee and a member of its Strategy and Finance Committee.

Jos Sclater

Jos has 20 years' experience in multi-national engineering, chemicals and consumer goods businesses. He has held senior financial, corporate finance, strategic, operational, and legal roles in ICI, Akzo Nobel, GKN and BP, both in the UK and Asia Pacific. Jos has extensive experience in finance, strategic planning, transformation, M&A and driving operational and commercial performance.

Richard Cashin

Richard Cashin is a Chartered Management Accountant and has over 20 years' experience in financial leadership, M&A, corporate development and strategy deployment.

Prior to joining Ultra Electronics in June 2019, Richard was Senior Vice President of Finance for the Polymers and Composites division of Meggitt PLC, a FTSE 150 global aerospace and defence company. In this role, Richard was a member of the senior leadership team with primary financial accountability for a £400m revenue business employing 3,400 people across 11 manufacturing sites in the UK, US and Mexico. Richard has also held senior roles within UBS Global Asset Management and Rolls-Royce plc.

Steve Izquierdo

Steve is a commercially experienced HR leader with over 20 years' cross-industry HR experience working within three top tier global organisations before joining Ultra as Chief HR Officer. He has operated as an active member of the Executive Board for the last seven years and has led through significant change and transformation programmes across the business.

Prior to joining Ultra, Steve held a number of roles within PepsiCo including Head of HR for the UK business as part of the Executive team, leading the HR function and setting the HR strategy for the business, and as HRVP for Core Services in Europe, helping to implement the new HR operating model and then leading an HR team of over 250 to execute HR activities across the talent management, total reward, culture & engagement, HR operations and learning & development agenda.

Steve was appointed to the role of Chief HR Officer for Ultra in November 2018 with responsibility for setting and then delivering the Global HR strategy for the organisation over the next several years.

Louise Ruppel

Louise Ruppel joined Ultra in January 2019. She trained as a solicitor at UK city firm Slaughter and May where she qualified into the corporate department. She subsequently worked as an in house lawyer at Merrill Lynch & CO., Limited in London and worked for FirstGroup plc as Company Secretary and Group Legal Director until 2016, when she left to become General Counsel and Company Secretary at Manchester Airports Group.

Mike Baptist OBE

Mike Baptist brings a wealth of systems engineering and business acumen developed within defence, security and aerospace. He has a track record of major programme delivery, team development and business growth, always seeking to innovate to deliver solutions to our customers.

Mike Baptist started his career at Thorn EMI (Radar Division) as a graduate engineer in 1987, before moving to Dowty as an Engineer within Sonar & Communication Systems in 1989, working on crypto and sonobuoy receivers. From 1990 to 1996 he worked on aircraft Active Noise Control Systems, achieving the Queen's Award for Technology in 1996 and became the Head of Engineering at Ultra Noise & Vibrations Systems business. Mike returned to Sonar & Communication Systems in 1996 as Chief Engineer and was Engineering Director between 1999 and 2002. In 2002 he became business unit director for the Communication Systems business and in 2007 with the formation of the Communication & Integrated Systems business, became Managing Director. He was appointed to a divisional Managing Director role in August 2014.