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Wednesday 30 January, 2019

Walker Greenbank

Appointment of Non-Executive Chairman Designate

RNS Number : 4616O
Walker Greenbank PLC
30 January 2019

                                         30 January 2019




("Walker Greenbank" or the "Company")


Appointment of Non-Executive Chairman Designate



Walker Greenbank PLC (AIM: WGB), the luxury interior furnishings group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dame Dianne Thompson as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman Designate.


Dianne Thompson is a highly experienced sales and marketing executive with an extensive track record in operational management in consumer businesses. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Next plc, the multi-channel retailer.


From 2000 until 2014, Dianne Thompson was chief executive of Camelot Group plc, the UK National Lottery provider. Prior to that role, she held marketing and general management positions in a number of consumer and building materials businesses including Signet Group plc, Sandvik Saws & Tools Ltd and ICI Paints.


Dianne Thompson will join the Board on 1 February 2019, initially as a Non-Executive Director. Once a new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed, Dianne will become Non-Executive Chairman and Christopher Rogers, currently Interim Executive Chairman, will return to being a Non-Executive Director.


The ongoing recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer is progressing well and a further announcement will be made in due course.


Christopher Rogers, Interim Executive Chairman of Walker Greenbank, said: "I am delighted to welcome Dame Dianne Thompson to Walker Greenbank's Board both as a Non-Executive Director and as Chairman Designate. Dianne is a highly experienced executive and non-executive director and, as Chairman, will bring a strong marketing and operational focus to the Board. We look forward to working with her."



The following information is disclosed pursuant to Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies. Dame Ila Dianne Thompson (68 years of age) has been a director or partner of the following companies during the five years preceding the date of this announcement:


Current directorships

Past directorships

Next plc

Camelot Commercial Services Limited

Blackwood Thompson Limited

Camelot Global Services Limited

Camelot Lotteries Limited

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

CISL Limited

National Lottery Enterprises Limited

Radiocentre Limited


There is no further information to be disclosed pursuant to Rule 17 or Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.



For further information:


Walker Greenbank PLC

      +44 (0) 1895 221068

Christopher Rogers, Interim Executive Chairman

Mike Gant, Chief Financial Officer

Caroline Geary, Company Secretary

Investec Bank plc (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

      +44 (0) 20 7597 5970

David Anderson / Alex Wright - Corporate Finance

Henry Reast / Richard Short - Corporate Broking


      +44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Mark Court / Sophie Wills / Catriona Flint


Notes for editors:


About Walker Greenbank


Walker Greenbank PLC is a luxury interior furnishings company that designs, manufactures and markets wallpapers, fabrics and paints. In addition, the Company derives significant licensing income from the use of its designs on a wide range of interior products such as bed linen, rugs and tableware.


Walker Greenbank's brands include Sanderson, Morris & Co, Harlequin, Zoffany, Scion, Clarke & Clarke and Studio G.


The Company has a strong UK manufacturing base, comprising a wallpaper factory in Loughborough and a fabric printing factory in Lancaster. Both factories manufacture for the Company and for other wallpaper and fabric brands.  


Walker Greenbank employs more than 600 people and its products are sold in more than 85 countries worldwide. It has showrooms in London, New York, Chicago, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow and Dubai along with a partnership showroom in Shenzhen, China.


Walker Greenbank trades on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WGB.


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