Mears Group PLC
("Mears" or "the Company")
Mears Group PLC (LSE: MER), the provider of support services to the Social Housing and Care sectors in the UK, announces the appointment of Kieran Murphy as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Company, and the retirement of Bob Holt from the Board. Both of these Board changes will take effect from 2 January 2019.
Kieran has spent much of his career working in finance. He joined the Civil Service after university, spending 8 years at HM Treasury. His subsequent executive career was in the City, firstly at Kleinwort Benson, a leading UK merchant bank and, more recently, at Gleacher Shacklock, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm. At Kleinwort, he built a market-leading corporate finance advisory business in the building and construction sector and became a member of the bank's Investment Bank Management Committee. At Gleacher, he extended his advisory work into the business services sector.
Kieran also has extensive experience as a non-executive director, having previously been on the board of Kingspan Group and currently being on the board of Aliaxis SA. He is chair at the Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's national mapping business, and is on the boards of the University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust and of the University of London.
As announced on 6 July 2018, as part of the Company's planned process of Board evolution, Bob Holt had indicated to the Board his intention not to stand for re-election at the 2019 Annual General Meeting. With the appointment of Kieran now agreed, Bob has decided to retire from the Board.
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Commenting, David Miles, Chief Executive, Mears, said:
"I am pleased to welcome Kieran Murphy to the Board of Mears. He brings a broad range of valuable experience into the boardroom as we continue to drive the business forward. I look forward to working with him in the years ahead.
"At the same time, we must all recognise the great contribution that Bob Holt has brought to Mears over the past 23 years. His commitment and guidance still underpins much of the business here today. Bob leaves with our thanks and we wish him every success in the future."
Commenting, Kieran Murphy said:
"I am delighted to be joining the Board of Mears. The Company plays an important role in the UK housing market and I look forward to working with the Board and management team to continue to build on the leading sector position it has created."
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Mears employs over 10,000 people and provides services in every region of the UK. In partnership with our Housing clients, we maintain, repair and upgrade the homes of hundreds of thousands of people in communities from remote rural villages to large inner city estates. Mears has extended its activities to provide broader housing solutions to solve the challenge posed by the lack of affordable housing. Our Care teams provide support to over 15,000 people a year, enabling the elderly and those living with disabilities to continue living in their own homes.
We focus on long-term outcomes for people rather than short-term solutions, and invest in innovations that make a positive impact on people's quality of life and on their communities' social, economic and environmental wellbeing.