– UK, Birmingham –  Gateley (LON:GTLY), the legal and professional services group, today announced that Rod Waldie, who is currently the Senior Office Partner of the Manchester office, as well as a key member of the group’s management board and head of the national property team, has been chosen to succeed Michael Ward as the new Chief Executive Officer, when Michael stands down from the role on 30 April 2020. After standing down, Michael will remain a main board director and will be responsible for the non-legal businesses within the group. He will also retain a significant shareholding in Gateley for the foreseeable future.

Succession planning is an important part of Gateley’s corporate governance and is key to ensuring that the prosperity and collaborative culture of the business is maintained in the long term. This early addressing and announcement of the group’s succession plans has been undertaken to enable a managed and orderly handover to take place. As part of its deliberations, the Board conducted a thorough review of the attributes required of a new CEO and agreed that an internal appointment was the best way to ensure the continuation of the group’s sustainable growth strategy, as well as preserving its culture.

Rod has been a key member of the group’s management board since joining the business via the acquisition of the Manchester office of Halliwells LLP in 2010. Rod is the Senior Office Partner of the Manchester office, leads the group’s national property team and has been involved in the successful integration of a number of Gateley’s post IPO acquisitions including Gateley Capitus, Gateley Hamer and GCL Solicitors.

Rod will shadow Michael on all CEO related activities in the run-up to his official appointment and will join the Board as CEO on 1 May 2020. He will be introduced to investors at the group’s final results roadshow in July 2019 and will attend the Company’s AGM on 19 September 2019 at which all attendees will have the opportunity to meet him.

Nigel Payne, Non-executive Chairman of Gateley, said: “We are delighted that Rod has agreed to lead the business when Michael stands down as CEO in April next year. We are also delighted that after standing down, Michael’s commitment to the group will continue both as an executive director and as a significant shareholder.

“Our choice of an internal appointment to succeed Michael and our early addressing of succession allow for a smooth transition to a highly successful and respected colleague, who already knows the business, understands our collaborative culture, has excellent client relationships and is committed to the group’s growth strategy.”

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