AIM-listed Ultima Networks plc, whose legal legal sector subsidiary is Cognito Software, has appointed Richard Bearpark as a non-executive director. Until its acquisition by the CS Group (now IRIS) last year, Bearpark was the chief executive of AIM Group Holdings. Commenting on the appointment, Ultima chairman & chief executive Humayun Akhter Mughal said “Our objective of growth, organically and through acquisition, remains core. Richard is well regarded in our industry sector. His connections are wide ranging and business experience directly complementary to Ultima. We welcome him to the board”

Robert Piper, Ultima’s Finance Director, has been given the additional appointment of managing director of subsidiary company Cognito Software. Piper is in the process of strengthening the management team of Cognito and progressing business development opportunities. Mr. Bearpark will also contribute to this process.