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Viridian Group Plc (VRD)

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Thursday 10 February, 2005

Viridian Group Plc

Director Shareholding


Viridian Group PLC

Performance Share Plan - Vesting of Awards

Viridian Group PLC (the `Company') announces that it was advised today that on
9 February 2005 the Trustees of the Viridian Group Employee Benefit Trust made
the following awards of ordinary shares of 25 pence each to executive directors
under the Company's Performance Share Plan: Patrick Haren - 30,076 shares,
Patrick Bourke - 21,734 shares and Harry McCracken - 21,734 shares.

The awards were made under the terms of contingent share awards made in 2002.
Vesting of the awards was dependent on the performance of the Company's total
shareholder return compared to that of a group of utility and industrial and
service sector companies over the three year performance period ended 31
December 2004.

In accordance with the terms of the contingent share awards no consideration
was paid for these shares.

On 9 February 2005, the following shares were sold, including sufficient number
to meet each director's liability to income tax and national insurance
contributions arising on the share awards: Patrick Haren - 20,850, Patrick
Bourke - 8,929 and Harry McCracken - 21,734. All shares were sold at a price of
£7.7422 per share.

The total number of ordinary shares held by each director prior to the awards
and following this notification are as follows:

                          Prior to awards           Total holding following  
                                                    this notification        
                                                                             
Patrick Haren             58,825                    68,051                   
                                                                             
Patrick Bourke            2,000                     14,805                   
                                                                             
Harry McCracken           42,802                    42,802                   

Contact for queries:

Ian Thom, Company Secretary

Tel - 028 9068 9522