Spire Healthcare Group appoints Peter Bamford to its Board as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director

– UK, London – Spire Healthcare Group PLC (LSE:SPI), is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Bamford as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director from the end of its 2017 annual general meeting which will be held later today.  Peter replaces John Gildersleeve who today stood down from the Board having previously indicated his intention not to seek re-election at the Company’s 2017 annual general meeting.

Peter has also been appointed chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Garry Watts, Spire’s Executive Chairman, said: “We are delighted that Peter has agreed to join Spire’s Board, he will bring considerable plc board and leadership experience.  The appointment maintains a strong independent presence on our Board and Peter will focus on ensuring that there is an appropriate scrutiny of decision-making whilst the roles of chairman and chief executive officer remain combined.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank John for his leadership of the Non-Executive Directors since Spire listed in 2014 and his contribution to Board discussions.”

Peter Bamford is chairman of SuperGroup plc and also chairs their nomination committee. Most recently, Peter was chairman of Six Degrees Holdings Limited from 2011 to 2015 and a non-executive director of Rentokil Initial plc from 2006 until 2016.  He was also a director of Vodafone Group plc from 1998 to 2006 where he held senior executive roles, including chief marketing officer, chief executive of Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa and chief executive of Vodafone UK.

Prior to this, Peter held senior positions with WH Smith plc (being a director between 1995 and 1997), Tesco plc and Kingfisher plc.  He has served on the boards of public companies for the last 21 years and has extensive experience in developing and growing businesses and brands internationally.  Peter was also a director of PRS for Music Limited between 2008 and 2014, being their chairman from 2010.

For more information : http://www.spirehealthcare.com

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