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Harworth Group Plc - Directorate Changes

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Harworth Group plc

Directorate Changes

Harworth Group plc ("Harworth" or the "Company"), a leading regenerator of land and property for development and investment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick O'Donnell Bourke as a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair in succession to Andrew Cunningham, who stepped down on 31 October 2020.  Patrick's appointment will take effect immediately. 

Patrick has significant senior international experience in investing in, and managing, infrastructure, as well as having worked extensively in the electricity and renewable energy sectors.  His most recent executive role was that of Group Finance Director for John Laing Group plc from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.  Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of Viridian Group PLC, the Northern Ireland based energy group from 2000 to 2006, before becoming Group Chief Executive from 2007 to 2011 after Viridian was taken private. Previously he was Group Treasurer for Powergen plc and spent nine years in investment banking with Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Hill Samuel, having graduated from Cambridge University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG).

Patrick is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees of Calisen plc, the FTSE 250 owner and manager of smart meters.  Until recently he was also Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee of Affinity Water Limited having been a Non-Executive Director there since 2013.

The Company also announces that, with immediate effect:

· Lynda Shillaw will join Alastair Lyons and Angela Bromfield on the Nomination Committee; and

· Lisa Scenna will replace Angela Bromfield on the Audit Committee, enabling Angela to focus more time on her roles as Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Commenting on Patrick O'Donnell Bourke's appointment, Alastair Lyons, Non-Executive Chair of Harworth, said:

"I am delighted to have someone join our Board with Patrick's breadth of commercial experience and deep interest in the impact and benefits businesses have on, and bring to, the communities in which they operate. Patrick also comes with a strong proven track-record as a non-executive audit chair, therefore fully equipped to carry on the excellent work undertaken by Andrew Cunningham, whose wise counsel we will greatly miss."