Michael Averill, aged 55, is currently Group Chief Executive of Shanks Group plc, the waste management group, a position he has held since 1994, and a Non-executive Director of TDG plc. Michael joined Rechem International Ltd in 1989 as Business Development Director, Rechem subsequently being acquired by Shanks Group in 1991. Previously he was Marketing Director for Herga Electric Ltd and held various positions at Plessey Connectors Ltd. He has a BSc from Imperial College and an MBA from Cranfield Management School.
James Strachan, aged 53, is a former Managing Director of Merrill Lynch, the investment bank, and was Chairman of the Audit Commission from 2002 to 2006. He is currently a Member of the Court of Directors of the Bank of England, a Non-executive Director of Legal & General plc, Chairman of RNID, the disability charity, and a Trustee of Somerset House Trust. He read economics and English at Cambridge University and is now a Visiting Fellow of the London School of Economics in risk and regulation.
In addition, Lesley James plans to retire as a Non-executive Director at the Annual General Meeting in February 2007.
John Nash, Chairman of Care UK, commented:
"We are delighted to welcome Michael and James to the Care UK Board and look forward to working with them. Their different experiences both in the public and private sectors will be invaluable to the group."
The Board can confirm that there is no relevant information to disclose under paragraph 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules in relation to Mr Averill's and Mr Strachan's appointments.