The UK’s leading multi-redemption voucher and prepaid gift card business

Directorate Change

23 September 2013

Park Group plc

("Park" or "the Company")


Appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors

Park Group plc, the UK's leading multi-redemption voucher and pre paid card business focussed on the corporate and consumer markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Carstensen and Michael de Kare-Silver as Non-Executive Directors of the Company with effect from today. Laura will Chair the Audit committee and Michael will Chair the Remuneration committee.

Laura Carstensen, aged 52, is a former partner in City law firm Slaughter and May (1994-2004). She is a Member (and former Deputy Chairman) of the UK Competition Commission and a Commissioner of the Equality & Human Rights Commission. She is a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool and a Board Member with MLex a provider of online subscription based predictive intelligence. She is also co-founder and director of two online mail order businesses, Blue Banyan Ltd and Hortica. She was educated at Withington Girls School in Manchester, and read English at St. Hilda's College, Oxford.

Michael de Kare-Silver, aged 57, is an advisor and business consultant to the digital, e-commerce and mobile communications sectors. His experience includes: identifying opportunities for corporates to implement technology-enabled change and helping businesses grow by advising on new strategies; go-to-market plans; and team-building. He has previously served as a main board director at a number of companies including FTSE 100 GUS plc and FTSE 250 Thus Group plc. He also headed up, and Burberry online as CEO of and founded successful start-ups and Michael was Managing Director at major digital technology marketing agencies Digitas and AKQA and served as Chairman at WIN plc and Breeze Tech. Early in his career he gained valuable experience at both Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company. Michael is a Law graduate from St. Catharine's College Cambridge.

Commenting on the appointments, Peter Johnson, Chairman of Park, said:

"I am very pleased to welcome Laura and Michael as Non-Executive Directors of Park, their strong and relevant experience in both corporate governance and technology based businesses will be of particular benefit. They will undoubtedly make a significant contribution as we continue to evolve our business and customer offerings; embracing new technologies and web enabled solutions."

Additional disclosures pursuant to AIM Rule 17, schedule 2 (g)

Laura Carstensen, is or has been a director of the following companies during the last five years:

Current directorships

·      Non-Executive Director, MLex Limited from 2012-current

·      Director, Blue Banyan Limited 2003-current

·      Director, Meditation Designs Limited 2008-current

·      LLP Designated Member, Bryan Yorkin Manor Estate LLP 2012-current


Past directorships held within the last five years

·      Director, NW3 Limited 2008-2010

·      Director, London Metropolitan University 2010-2012

·      Director, NML Trading Limited 2012-2012


Michael de Kare-Silver, is or has been a director of the following companies during the last five years:

Current directorships

·      Director, Digital Prospects 360 Limited 2007-current


Past directorships held within the last five years

·      Non-Executive Director WIN plc, 2004-2011 (Chairman 2009-2011)

·      Director, WIN Limited 2004-2010

·      Breeze Tech, Chairman 2009-2010

·      Director, Limited 2008-2008

·      Director, Blis Media Limited 2008-2008

·      Director, Ltd 2008-2008


There is no further information required to be disclosed under AIM Rule 17 paragraph (g).


For further information please contact:

Park Group plc

Arden Partners plc

Tavistock Communications

Chris Houghton

Martin Stewart

Adrian Trimmings

Jamie Cameron

John West

Andrew Dunn

Tel: 0151 653 1700

Tel: 020 7614 5920

Tel:  020 7920 3150