John Hirst* CBE BA DSc FCA MCT CCMI


Non-Executive Director

John is a highly experienced leader of large global organisations, in both the private and public sector. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise which he brings to Ultra’s Board.

John was Chief Executive of the Met Office, a post he held from 2005 to 2014. Prior to this, John was CEO of Premier Farnell. Before this, he spent 19 years with ICI Plc, during which he was Chief Executive of two of ICI’s Global businesses, ICI Performance Chemicals and ICI Autocolor, and was Group Treasurer. He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for his national and international services to Meteorology. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a companion of the Chartered British Institute of Management. John is a Non-Executive Director of Marsh UK, Jelf Plc, SME Insurance Services, Anglian Water, IMIS Global Ltd and White Square Chemical Inc. John was appointed to the Board in January 2015.

*Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committee member