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Avon Rubber PLC
19 February 2020

19 February 2020 

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

Appointment of Non-Executive Director and Chair Designate

Avon Rubber p.l.c. is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Thompson as an independent Non-Executive Director and Chair Designate with effect from 1 March 2020.

Bruce brings a wide range of strategic and leadership expertise to the Board with proven experience of growing international industrial businesses in a FTSE 250 environment. During his executive career, Bruce was Chief Executive Officer of Diploma PLC, the FTSE 250 specialised technical products and services business, for over twenty years. Prior to joining Diploma, Bruce was a director with the technology and management consulting firm Arthur D. Little Inc., both in the UK and the USA. He is currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of discoverIE Group plc.

Following a handover period, Bruce will succeed David Evans as Chair of the Board when David stands down at a date no later than the conclusion of our next Annual General Meeting in January 2021. Bruce will assume the Chair of the Nomination Committee from 1 April 2020.

David Evans, Chair, commented:

"We are delighted that Bruce will be joining Avon Rubber. He brings an impressive track record of delivering growth from his time as CEO of Diploma PLC together with extensive experience making and successfully integrating international acquisitions. I am personally delighted that someone of Bruce's calibre and experience will be succeeding me as Chair."

Pim Vervaat, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, commented:

"We are very pleased with the outcome of our search for a new Chair. Bruce's appointment to the Board as Chair Designate reflects his calibre and suitability for the role of leading the Avon Rubber Board. The planned recruitment of another Non-Executive Director is progressing well and an announcement on this will follow separately in due course."  

There is no other information required to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13 in respect of Bruce Thompson.

For further enquiries, please contact:


Avon Rubber p.l.c.

01225 896848

David Evans, Chair

Pim Vervaat, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer




MHP Communications


Andrew Jaques

Charlie Barker

Pete Lambie

Ailsa Prestige

020 3128 8570


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Note to editors:

Avon Rubber is an innovative technology group, which designs and produces specialist products and services to maximise the performance and capabilities of its customers. We specialise in life critical protection systems, as well as milking point solutions through our two businesses, Avon Protection and milkrite | InterPuls.


Avon Protection is the recognised global leader in respiratory and ballistic protection systems for the world's Military and First Responders.


milkrite | InterPuls is a global leader providing complete milking point solutions to dairy farmers across the world with the aim of improving every farm it touches.


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