Directorate Change

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Matchtech Group PLC
20 September 2013

20 September 2013


Matchtech Group plc - Directorate Change


Brian Wilkinson appointed as Chairman


Matchtech Group plc ("Matchtech" or the "Group"), one of the UK's leaders in specialist engineering, technology, professional staffing and employability & skills recruitment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Wilkinson as Executive Chairman with effect from 2 December 2013.


George Materna, 60, the current Non-Executive Chairman who founded the Group in 1984, will become Non-Executive Deputy Chairman with effect from the same date.   


Brian Wilkinson has worked in the recruitment industry for over 30 years, most recently as an Executive Board member of Randstad Holdings NV ("Randstad"), the world's 2nd largest recruitment company.  He brings to the Group a track record of successful international strategic development, including through merger and acquisition, and extensive experience of professional services recruitment.  As Chairman, he will work closely with Adrian Gunn, Group Chief Executive, and the other members of the executive team, with complementary skills to help deliver the next stage of the Group's long term growth strategy.


Brian, 57, was an Executive Board Member of Randstad from 2008 until 2012 and was responsible for a geographical area including the UK, Dubai, India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, with 4,000 staff and combined revenues of €1.4bn.  In this role, he initiated and implemented a new strategy for the UK business, involving the restructuring and integration of the front and back offices as well as a major re-branding exercise.  He completed a similar strategic exercise in Australia and New Zealand, rationalising brands and improving efficiency, and led the accelerated development of Randstad's Chinese permanent recruitment business.


He joined Randstad in 2008 through the acquisition of Vedior NV where he had served on the Board of Management since 2003.  Prior to this, he was Commonwealth Zone Manager for Select Appointments plc, a then UK and US listed recruitment business acquired by Vedior in 2003.  Previously, he spent 7 years as Managing Director of Initial Personnel Services.


Pursuant to the above changes and with effect from 2 December 2013, Andy White, currently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman, will step aside from this role but will remain on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.  Ric Piper, a Non-Executive Director since 2006, will become Senior Independent Director.


George Materna, Chairman, said:


"I am delighted that Brian Wilkinson has agreed to succeed me as Chairman.  There is clearly good existing momentum within Matchtech Group, but the Board and the executive team share an ambitious plan to build a significantly larger and more profitable group.  I am therefore certain that now is the right time to bring in someone with the external perspective and international experience that Brian has developed over his career, including within one of the world's largest recruitment firms.


"Brian's complementary skills will be a tremendous asset as he works with us to capitalise fully on the opportunities that are in front of us, and to deliver significant further growth in value to shareholders over time."


Brian Wilkinson said:

"I have admired the Matchtech Group, and its senior team, for many years.  It is a business very ably led by Adrian Gunn, and with a first class reputation in its chosen markets.  I am excited by the opportunity of joining a strong leadership team, and of working with them to deliver the next chapter in the Group's success." 


Adrian Gunn, Group Chief Executive, said:


"Brian Wilkinson has an excellent reputation in our industry and I very much look forward to working with him.  He will add a fresh perspective and valuable additional skills to the management team.


"George Materna is recognised internally and throughout the wider industry as having created a highly successful business over the past 30 years.  He will be equally respected for his progressive and forward-looking decision to pass the Chairmanship to Brian Wilkinson who has the credentials to help accelerate the next stage of our strategic vision."


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Brian Wilkinson has been a director of the following companies during the past five years:



Mandeville Recruitment Group Limited


Past 5 years:

Beresford Blake Thomas Sa (Pty) Limited

Capsil Oy

Charmwish Limited

Digby Morgan Consulting Limited

Eden Health Recruitment Limited

Highflyer Sa

Hughes Castell (Hong Kong) Limited

Hughes Castell Pty Limited

Human Resources International Limited

Interim Pty Ltd

Joslin Rowe Associates (Scotland) Ltd

Joslin Rowe Associates Limited

Joslin Rowe Temporaries Limited

Legal Opportunities Limited

Major Players Limited

Mot Models Limited

New Boston Randstad UK Limited

Origin Hr Consulting Limited

Pareto Law Limited

Pts Software Belgium NV

Qualitair Aviation Group Limited

Qualitair Aviation Services Limited

Rand Services (Holdings) Limited

Randstad (Holdings) Pty Limited (Formerly Select Australasia (Holdings) Pty Limited)

Randstad 1 Limited

Randstad 2 Limited

Randstad Asia Pacific BV

Randstad Care Limited

Randstad Cpe Limited

Randstad Cpe Pty Ltd (Formerly Beresford Blake Thomas Pty Limited)

Randstad Disposals Limited

Randstad Education Limited

Randstad Education Pty Ltd (Formerly Select Education Pty Limited)

Randstad Executive Pty Ltd (Formerly Tanner Menzies Pty Limited)        

Randstad Financial & Professional Limited

Randstad Group UK

Randstad Healthcare Pty Ltd (Formerly Clinical One Pty Ltd And Select Care Personnel Pty Limited)         

Randstad Holdings NV

Randstad India Limited (Formerly Ma Foi Management Consultants Limited)

Randstad Interim Executives Limited

Randstad KK

Randstad Limited (Formerly Hughes Castell (New Zealand) Limited)

Randstad Luxembourg Limited

Randstad Managed Services Limited

Randstad Middle East Limited

Randstad Norway AS

Randstad Professional AS

Randstad Pty Ltd (Formerly Vedior Asia Pacific Pty Ltd And Select Australasia Pty Limited)

Randstad Recruitment Pty Limited (Formerly Link Recruitment Group Pty Limited)

Randstad Retail Limited

Randstad Technologies Limited

Randstad Tre AB (Formerly Humanpro Ab)

Randstad Tva AB (Formerly Vedior Svenska Ab)

Randstad Uk Holding Limited

Randstad Uk Limited

Select Appointments Limited

Select Appointments Limited (Ireland)

Select Appointments Suomi Oy

Select Education Australasia Pty Limited

Select Healthcare (Holdings) Pty Limited

Select It (Holdings) Pty Limited

Select NZ Limited   

Supernurse Co. Ltd

Supreme Education Plc

Teleresources Finland Oy

The Blomfield Group Limited

The Recruitment And Employment Confederation

Vedior Contec Inc.

Vedior NV


There are no further disclosures to be made in accordance with Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules in connection with Brian Wilkinson appointment to Matchtech.


For further information please contact:


Matchtech Group plc                                                  

Ric Piper, Senior Independent Director - designate           07966 381974

George Materna, Chairman                                             07766 904867

Adrian Gunn, Chief Executive                                          01489 898801


MHP Communications                                                 020 3128 8756

John Olsen / James White / Giles Robinson


Numis Securities Limited                                             020 7260 1000

Nominated Adviser: Michael Meade

Corporate Broking: James Serjeant

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