– UK, London – Hansteen (LSE: HSTN), the investor in UK and continental European real estate, announces the appointment of Margaret Young and David Rough as Independent Non-Executive Directors with effect from 1 October 2015 and the retirement of Richard Cotton as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 30 September 2015.

Margaret Young is a Non-Executive Director of BlackRock Group Limited. She has more than 15 years of board experience across the logistics, financial services, food manufacturing and fast-moving consumer goods sectors, most recently serving as a Non-Executive Director of BNY Mellon International Asset Management Limited and AA plc. Margaret’s previous board experience includes serving as Executive Chairman of Cattles plc, a consumer finance company, between 2009 and 2011, during which time she led the restructuring of the operations and the balance sheet of the company. Margaret spent most of her executive career in investment banking, working for NatWest Markets, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse.

David Rough was appointed a Non-Executive Director of John Laing Group plc in February 2015 and as the Senior Independent Director. He was previously Group Director of Investments at Legal & General PLC for 10 years prior to his retirement in 2002. David was also Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Land Securities plc from 2002 to 2014 and Deputy Chairman, Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Nomination Committee at Xstrata plc from 2002 to 2013. David is also a Trustee of Changing Faces.

The Company confirms that there are no further disclosures to be made under paragraph 9.6.13 (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules in respect of either Margaret Young or David Rough.

James Hambro, Chairman of Hansteen, said: “I am delighted that Margaret and David are joining the Board. They both have a wealth of experience on the boards of a broad range of both listed and unlisted companies, from which we will derive great benefit.

“On behalf of the Directors, I would like to thank Richard for his exceptional contribution to Hansteen over the past five years, a period during which it has grown rapidly, and we wish him well for the future.”

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