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Military hardware manufacturer Avon Protection appoints Jos Sclater as CEO

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19 October 2022

Military hardware manufacturer Avon Protection has announced the appointment of Jos Sclater as chief executive officer, with effect from 16 January 2023.

Jos joins Melksham-based Avon Protection having spent the last three years as CFO at Ultra Electronics plc, where he led a broad-based transformation programme focused on improving growth and efficiency.

He also had group-wide responsibility for the finance, treasury, IT, procurement, transformation, continuous improvement and risk functions as well as direct oversight of Ultra’s forensic technology and energy businesses.

Prior to this Jos was group CFO at Castrol Lubricants and, before that, spent seven years at GKN plc, including as Group CFO and director of corporate finance & strategy.

Jos started his career as a qualified solicitor and held in-house legal and M&A roles at ICI plc, AkzoNobel N.V. and GKN plc.

The appointment follows an in-depth search process led by executive chair, Bruce Thompson.

Bruce will continue in the role of executive chair until Jos starts in January, before reverting to his previous role as non-executive chair.

Bruce Thompson said: "I am delighted to welcome Jos to Avon Protection and the Board looks forward to working with him.

"He brings a wealth of experience in leadership roles and an impressive track record of value creation within global manufacturing businesses.

"His expertise in a range of disciplines and deep experience in the international defence industry make him a standout choice to lead Avon Protection as CEO."

Jos said: "Avon Protection is a business with a proud history and an exciting future, and I am delighted to have been asked to take the CEO role.

"The group has unique technologies with global market-leading positions in respiratory and head protection markets.

"I am excited by its growth potential, and I very much look forward to leading the next stage of its development."


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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