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Wednesday 12 June, 2002

Yates Group PLC

Board Appointment

Yates Group PLC
12 June 2002

12 June 2002

                                YATES GROUP PLC

                               BOARD APPOINTMENT

Yates Group PLC announced today the appointment of Mark Jones (41) as Chief
Executive.  Mark is currently the Managing Director of Pizza Hut and was
previously Managing Director of the Hogshead Pub Company, a Whitbread
subsidiary.  Prior to this he held various senior marketing and operations
positions with Allied Domecq and was an area manager with Courage.  It is
envisaged that Mark will join the Group in early September.

Mike Hennessy will continue as Executive Chairman.

Commenting on the appointment, Mike Hennessy said:

'I am delighted to have appointed a senior manager of Mark's calibre and sector
experience at this stage of Yates's development.  During the last twelve months
we have emerged successfully from a major reorganisation and are now poised to
move ahead and grasp new opportunities.  The talents that Mark brings to the
Group will therefore be particularly useful and significantly strengthen the
management team.'

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Mike Hennessy, Executive Chairman
Yates Group PLC                                       Tel: 01204 373737

Tim Spratt / Tania Parsons
Financial Dynamics                                    Tel: 020 7831 3113

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