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Monday 01 November, 2004

Oxford Instruments

Directorate Change

Oxford Instruments PLC
01 November 2004

1 November 2004

                      Oxford Instruments strengthens Board

Oxford Instruments plc, the advanced instrumentation company, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Professor Michael Hughes to the Board as an
Independent non-executive director, with immediate effect.

Mike Hughes began his career at GEC, before moving to Midlands Electricity plc
in 1990, where in 1993 he became its Chief Executive. In 1999, following its
takeover of Midlands Electricity, he moved to become the Executive Vice
President of GPU International Inc, the American based leading retail energy and
related services provider.

Mike Hughes is the Non-Executive Chairman of EA Technology Limited, the power
asset management company and a Non-Executive Director of South Staffordshire
Group plc, the water support services business. He brings to Oxford Instruments
plc not only valuable industrial experience but also an understanding of
technical and engineering matters.

There are no disclosures required in respect of Professor Michael Hughes under
paragraph 6.F.2 (b) to (g) of the Listing Rules.



Oxford Instruments plc                 TEL: 01865 881437
                                       FAX: 01865 881944
Nigel Keen, Chairman
Andrew Mackintosh, Chief Executive 
Martin Lamaison, Financial Director

Hogarth Partnership Limited            TEL: 020 7357 9477
                                       FAX: 020 7357 8533
Rachel Hirst
Edward Westropp

For further copies of this announcement, please contact Christine Dunford at the
Company's registered head office at Old Station Way, Eynsham, Witney Oxon OX29

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