As previously announced, Jane Aikman has decided to leave the business and will resign from the company's Board as planned on 30 June 2018.

Anna, one of the company's finance directors, has agreed to step up to the role of Chief Financial Officer. A permanent appointment to this position will be made following the conclusion of the Chief Executive managed succession process.

Anna is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales and has worked closely in a supporting role to the Chief Financial Officer for the last four years. She was previously a Director at PwC.

I am delighted to welcome Anna to the Board. She has the required skills to perform the role well and will bring additional value to discussions at both a Board and senior leadership level. I look forward to working more closely with her as she takes on her new role.

Bill Halbert
Executive Director

Anna will stand for election by the shareholders at the company's AGM on 20 July 2018.

There is no information that requires disclosure under Listing Rule 9.6.13.  

The Group will announce its preliminary results on Tuesday 5 June 2018.