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Thursday 19 February, 2004


Directorate Change

19 February 2004

Embargoed for 07.00    
19 February 2004

                                  UCM Group PLC
                                BOARD APPOINTMENT

UCM Group PLC ('UCM'), the leading provider of speciality fused minerals with
manufacturing facilities in the UK, US and China, is pleased to announce the
appointment of Mr Colin Halpern to the Board as a Non-Executive Director, with
immediate effect.

Mr Halpern, aged 67, has extensive international business experience across a
broad range of sectors, in the US, UK and Far East markets. In most instances he
has acted in the capacity of principal, using his own capital to start and fund
business activities. In the industrials sector specifically, he has demonstrated
his ability to grow a company from four to 2,000 people over a ten-year period,
successfully expanding its operations from an engineering base to include
construction, manufacturing and computer software.

He is currently Chairman of Domino's Pizza UK & IRL Plc, having returned to the
UK and purchased the master franchise to all Domino's Pizza Inc. operations in
the UK and Republic of Ireland in 1993.

John Gordon, UCM Chairman, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Colin to the Board
and look forward to benefiting from his considerable knowledge and experience,
particularly of the US and Far East markets.'

Listing Rule Disclosures

There are no other disclosures required to be made in accordance with paragraph
6.F.2. (a) to (g) of the Listing Rules, save that:

Current positions held:
President                     NPS Technologies Inc. (USA)
Manager                       HS Real Company LLC (USA)
President                     International Franchise Systems Inc. (USA)
President                     Universal Services Group Inc. (USA)
Previous positions held:
Non Executive Director        The Celebrated Group plc

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UCM Group PLC                                                   01785 223122
John Gordon, Chairman
Jamie Brundell, Chief Executive
Melvyn Fookes, Group Finance Director

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Terry Garrett or Alex White or Rachel Taylor

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