appoints John Goold and Mark Kirkland to its Board as Non-Executive Directors

– UK, Birmingham – plc (LON: WRKS), the family-friendly value retailer of books, arts and crafts, stationery, toys, and games, announced the appointments of John Goold and Mark Kirkland to its Board as Non-Independent Non-Executive Directors effective immediately.

About John Goold

John Goold is CEO at Kelso Group Holdings plc. He qualified as a chartered accountant in London with Touche Ross in 1996 before a 25-year career in the City raising growth capital and advising small and mid-cap companies. John initially started in corporate finance before moving into equity sales and corporate broking where he spent most of his career advising smaller listed companies on stock market issues. During his career, John has helped raise over £5.0 billion for his clients much of which was while he was Chief Executive of Zeus from 2012 to 2021. He is currently a non-executive director of Oncimmune Holdings plc and Boohoo Group plc.

About Mark Kirkland

Mark Kirkland is CFO at Kelso Group Holdings plc. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers in London and has gained extensive corporate experience gained over 30 years having held numerous senior roles in public and private companies. Mark’s initial career was in corporate finance predominantly with UBS. Mark has been CFO of numerous public and private companies and latterly was CEO of Delin Property, a European Logistics developer, investor, and manager. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Strix Group plc and AEW UK REIT plc and was previously an adviser to DP World.

John Goold and Mark Kirkland jointly said: “We have long believed that The Works has a strong customer proposition, a broad range of products with plenty of appeal and an important focus on affordability. By joining the Board we can bring our experience, particularly working with listed small cap businesses, to drive shareholder value. We are supportive of both management and the strategic direction of the business and look forward to helping to restore the intrinsic valuation of The Works, which we believe is much higher than the current share price reflects.”

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