Market announcement

Planned Succession Board Changes

Gateley, the legal and professional services group, is pleased to announce that Victoria Garrad, Group HR Director, was appointed to the Gateley (Holdings) Plc Board (the "Board") on 1 May 2022, in line with succession planning outlined in the Group's Half Year Results announcement issued on 12 January 2022.

Victoria replaces Peter Davies, Chief Operating Officer ("COO"), who stepped down from the Board on 30 April 2022. Peter will continue to hold the position of COO for another 12 months, in order to facilitate an orderly transfer of responsibilities to Victoria who will then be appointed COO on 1 May 2023. Peter will remain on the Strategic Board and will continue to chair the Operations Board until 30 April 2023.

Victoria joined Gateley in 1996 and has been the Group HR director, a non-plc board role, since 1 May 2017.  Prior to this, she was a Partner in the legal services employment team and has been a member of the Operations Board since 2011 and the Strategic Board since 2017.

Nigel Payne, Non-executive Chair of Gateley, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Victoria to the Board. Having joined Gateley as a trainee over 25 years ago, Victoria has been an inspiration to her colleagues as she has risen through the organisation. Victoria's wide-ranging experience in the Group includes roles covering legal, where she became a Partner in the Employment team, and subsequently HR Director, as well as being a member of Gateley's Strategic and Operational Boards. Victoria's wide-ranging experience and expertise make her an ideal executive to augment the skillset of the Board and become the Group's third female plc Board member. I, and my colleagues, look forward very much to working with her.

"Since the Group was admitted to AIM in 2015, Peter Davies has served as the Group's COO and has been instrumental in successfully transitioning the Group from an LLP to a plc as well as helping the Group grow its revenues and profit each and every year. Peter has served the Group for 30 years and the importance of his broad experience, deep understanding of the industry and of the Group's culture have been pivotal in helping to deliver the Group's success. On behalf of the Board and the rest of Gateley, we wish Peter well as he now begins his own transition to retirement."

As required under Schedule Two, paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies and AIM Rule 17, further disclosures on Victoria Garrad are as follows:

Victoria Louise Garrad, aged 48, has held the following directorships and/or partnerships in the past five years:

Current directorships and/or partnerships:

  • Gateley PLC
  • Gateley Tweed LLP
  • Gateley Tweed
  • AVW Property Limited

Past directorships and/or partnerships:

  • Gateley EBT Limited

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