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Friday 27 September, 2002

Henderson Smllr Cos

Directorate Change

Henderson Smaller Cos Inv Tst PLC
27 September 2002

THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC

HENDERSON GLOBAL INVESTORS

27 SEPTEMBER 2002



              THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC

                               Board Appointment

The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc announces the appointment
of James Jonathan Nelson as a non-executive director of the Company with effect
from 27 September 2002.

Mr Nelson, who is 55, retired as an executive partner of Graphite Capital in
June 2002. For most of his career he has been responsible for the management of
unquoted investments and he is a former Chairman of the British Venture Capital
Association. He is currently the Chairman of PRI Group plc and a director of
Intermediate Capital Group plc and of American Opportunity Trust plc.

Commenting on the appointment, Peter Cadbury, the Chairman of The Henderson
Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc, said: 'We are delighted that James
Nelson has a agreed to join our board. He brings deep experience of investments
and investment management which will be of immense value to the Trust'.



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For further information, please contact:

John Alexander

The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc

Telephone: 020 7818 4340

Stephen Westwood

Head of Investment Trusts, Henderson Global Investors

Telephone: 020 7818 5517

Mark Vickery

Press Office, Henderson Global Investors

Telephone: 020 7818 4222


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