Mears Group appoints Jim Clarke to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, Gloucester –  Mears Group PLC (LON: MER), the provider of support services to the social housing and care sectors in the UK, today announced the appointment of Jim Clarke as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.

Kieran Murphy, Chairman of Mears, said: “I am pleased to complete the first of our non-executive director searches with the appointment of Jim Clarke to the Board of Mears. He brings a broad range of senior financial experience gained in multi-site, property related, consumer-oriented businesses over a long successful executive career. I believe that his experience, and familiarity with the public markets and financial investors, will bring value to Mears and I look forward to working with him.”

About Jim Clarke

Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984. He has spent much of his career in senior finance roles in consumer-facing industries, having been Finance Director at David Lloyd Leisure and subsequently JD Wetherspoon. He joined Countrywide as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2007, retiring early in 2017. Jim joined following Countrywide being taken private in 2007 and led subsequent significant restructuring and recapitalisations of the business which culminated in a successful return to the public markets via an IPO in early 2013.

Jim is currently a non-executive director on the board of Hansteen Holdings plc and is chair of the audit committee.

About Mears Group PLC

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 our clients. 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 and invest in innovations that make a positive impact on people’s quality of life and on their communities’ social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Our innovative approaches and market-leading positions are intended to create value for our customers and the people they serve while also driving sustainable financial returns for our providers of capital, especially our shareholders.

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