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Directorate Change

Released 07:00 30-Nov-2012

RNS Number : 3655S
H&T Group PLC
30 November 2012

30 NOVEMBER 2012





H&T Group plc (the "Group"), the UK's leading pawnbroker by size of pledge book, announces the retirement of Andrew Brown from the Board of the Group, effective as of today, following nearly six years of committed service as a Non-Executive Director.


The Group also has the pleasure in announcing James Thornton as his replacement, effective of 30 November 2012. James is currently a Director at Strand Partners, a position he has held since 2009.  Previously James held senior positions with Lord Ashcroft KCMG associated companies - Anne Street Partners and Global Health Partner plc. He has more than fifteen years of experience in UK financial services including UK Finance Director at Old Mutual plc and as Head of Foreign Exchange at IFX plc.


James is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has attended Harvard Business School. He is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge University where he obtained a MA (Hons) in Classics and Law.



In accordance with AIM Rule 17, further information relating to James Thornton is set out below: 


Full Name: James Fitzgerald Thornton


Age: 55


Current / previous Directorships: 


* Strand Partners Ltd

* Mobcast Services Ltd (resigned 7 April 2010)

* SUSD Asset Management (Holdings) Ltd (resigned 31 December 2009)

* Vita Clinics Midlands Ltd (resigned 18 September 2008)

* Vita Clinics UK Ltd (resigned 18 September 2008)

* Jolie Investments Ltd (resigned 18 September 2008)

* Global Health Partner Ltd (resigned 18 September 2008)

* Global Health Partner UK Ltd (resigned 18 September 2008)

* GHP UK Holdings Ltd (resigned 18 September 2008)

* The Concord Clinic (Leeds) Ltd (resigned 19 February 2008)




Peter McNamara, Chairman of H&T, commented: "The Board and I owe Andrew a considerable debt of gratitude for his hard work, good humour and major contributions to the running of our business over the last six years. We also extend a warm welcome to James and believe his previous experience will again ensure a valuable contribution to our Group."

For further information, please contact: 


H&T Group plc

Tel: 0870 9022 600

John Nichols, Chief Executive                

Alex Maby, Finance Director                  

Canaccord Genuity Hawkpoint Limited (Nominated adviser)

Tel: 020 7665 4500

Lawrence Guthrie / Sunil Duggal

Numis Securities (Broker)       

Tel: 020 7260 1000

Mark Lander

Pelham Bell Pottinger (Public relations)

Tel: 020 7861 3139

Damian Beeley


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