Marshalls announces Vanda Murray to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Director and Chair

– UK, Elland – Marshalls plc (LSE:MSLH) announces its intention to appoint Vanda Murray OBE to the Board as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board. This follows the announcement in October 2017 that Andrew Allner would be stepping down as Chairman and would also retire as a Non-Executive Director during 2018. Vanda’s appointment as Non-Executive Director will take effect following the close of the Annual General Meeting of Marshalls plc on 9 May 2018, at which time she will also replace Andrew as Chair.

Chief Executive Martyn Coffey commented: “We are delighted that Vanda has accepted the invitation to join Marshalls plc, as Chair of the Board and as a non-executive director. Vanda brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record of leadership, and will be a valuable addition to the Board.

I would also like to record our thanks to Andrew, who has provided clear and consistent leadership, both as Chair of Remuneration Committee and subsequently as Chairman of the Board, over the past 15 years. His contribution to the business is greatly appreciated.”

Vanda Murray commented “I am very pleased to be joining Marshalls plc, a company that is a market-leader with a great performance record, recognised for its brand values, quality, service and innovation. I look forward to working with my Board colleagues at this exciting time for the business and continuing to pursue Marshalls’ successful growth strategy”.

Vanda Murray is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Bunzl plc, the FTSE 100 global distribution group; she is also a Non-Executive Director of Redrow plc, the FTSE 250 housebuilder, and current Chairman of Fenner plc. Previous non-executive directorships include Microgen plc, Carillion plc and SIG plc.

Vanda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and has wide corporate leadership experience and a proven track record of business performance improvement. Her executive experience covers a wide range of UK and international business roles. Having started her career in marketing, she became Chief Executive of Blick plc, a £100m security, communications and time management solutions group with operations in the UK, Europe and worldwide, in 2001, and managed a business refocus and strategic change programme prior to the successful sale of this business to The Stanley Works Inc, in 2004. Between 2004 and 2006 as Managing Director of Ultraframe plc, she led a significant business turnaround. She has been a non-executive director of Manchester Airports Group since 2010, and Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors of Manchester Metropolitan University since 2014. In 2002, Vanda was awarded an OBE for Services to Industry and to Exports.

Vanda Murray is independent for the purposes of the UK Corporate Governance Code.

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