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Oliver Group PLC (OVRF)

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Wednesday 13 October, 1999

Oliver Group PLC

Directorate

OLIVER GROUP PLC
13 October 1999  


NEW NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS TO OLIVER GROUP

The Oliver Group Plc, the UK 'family footwear' retailer, today announces the
following Board changes: 

Doug Rogers has been appointed Chairman
Doug Rogers has been involved for many years in the UK public company arena
having operated at Board level and as Chairman in many different sectors. He
is currently also a non-executive Director of Epwin Group PLC.  Other previous
chairman appointments include Newman Tonks Group, United Carriers, Barcom, GBE
International, James Wilkes, Crabtree and Savage.

Mr Rogers' wealth of experience and sound track record will be invaluable to
the Group as it continues to build on its already successful re-branding
strategy and its objective to take further advantage of the consolidation in
its market sector.

Donald Macpherson has been appointed non-executive Director
Donald Macpherson has considerable knowledge in the financial and City markets
having spent most of his career within stockbroking and corporate finance.  He
worked for a number of years with Fielding, Newson-Smith & Co. and was
appointed Senior Partner in 1985.  In 1986 the Company was acquired by County
Bank and subsequently changed its name to NatWest Markets.

Mr Macpherson is a member of the Advisory Board of Hawkpoint Partners Ltd and
Chairman of the M & G Recovery Investment Trust.  His other non-executive
directorships include Fuller Smith & Turner, Leeds Group, MITIE Group, M & G
Income Investment Trust, Rosebys and a number of other private companies.

Alan Cole and Mervyn Blakeney have today announced their retirement as
Chairman and non-executive Director.  The Board extends its thanks to Alan and
Mervyn for their contribution to the Company over a number of years.

Martin Watts, Chief Executive of the Oliver Group, said:
'The Board changes are an important part of the evolution of the business. 
The strength and depth of experience of the team structure will benefit the
Group as it continues to enhance its market position within the UK footwear
sector.

A further non-executive Director appointment, with retail experience, will be
made in the near future.'


Enquiries:
Martin Watts, Chief Executive       Doug Rogers, Chairman
The Oliver Group Plc                The Oliver Group Plc
Tel: 0116 222 3002                  Tel: 0836-512724


                                                                                                                                  

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