23 April 2021
("Dignity" or the "Company")
Dignity plc, the UK's only listed provider of funeral related services, announces the following directorate changes following the General Meeting held yesterday.
Clive Whiley has ceased to be a Director of the Company and Gary Channon has been appointed as Executive Chairman, in each case with immediate effect. The Independent Non-Executive Directors, comprising Gillian Kent, Dean Moore and Paul Humphreys, have resigned from the Board, in the case of Gillian Kent and Paul Humphreys, with immediate effect. Dean Moore, given his current role as Interim Chief Financial Officer, will continue to serve as a director for his three-month notice period to enable an orderly transition.
Commenting on the changes, Gary Channon, Executive Chairman of Dignity plc, said:
"We are pleased that the resolutions proposed have been passed at the General Meeting held yesterday.
As we have said all along, we will now commence a process to appoint new Independent Non-Executive Directors including a Non-Executive Chairman. This will result in a new Board with a majority of Independent Directors.
We believe Dignity to be a good business with great potential, and as a Board are now focused on the future. We are very excited to unlock this value for the benefit of all shareholders, clients, employees and our wider stakeholders and look forward to engaging with all of these groups as we embark on delivering the strategy and vision for Dignity. Work is already underway and we will update shareholders in due course."
This announcement is made pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.11R.
Pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13, in 1996 whilst an employee at an international investment bank, Gary Channon was involved in a proprietary trading scheme which breached Australian securities laws and resulted in disciplinary proceedings and a fine being imposed on Mr Channon and a more senior employee, by the SFA. However, the SFA held that Mr Channon did not know or believe that the scheme was unlawful, and he at all times has retained his status as fit and proper.
There are no other details required to be disclosed under Listing Rule 9.6.13R.
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