Originally from Teesside, where several generations of his ancestry worked in the steel industry, Mr Caster brings this heritage and his expertise to help build a leading technology business in the production of powder metals, delivering highly focused wealth creation in the old heartland of the British metals industry.
Douglas started his career as an electronics design engineer 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 which formed Ultra Electronics, joined the Board in October 1993. In April 2000, he was promoted to the position of 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. In the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List 2009 he was made a CBE for services to the UK Defence Industry. He was appointed to the Board of Morgan Advanced Materials plc as a Non-Executive Director in February 2014.