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Thursday 24 February, 2005

Universal Salvage

Directorate Change

Universal Salvage PLC
24 February 2005

                              UNIVERSAL SALVAGE PLC
                         ('Universal' or the 'Company')

                        Appointment of Managing Director

Universal Salvage plc is pleased to announce that Avril Palmer-Baunack, aged 41
years, is to join the Board as Managing Director with effect from 1 March 2005.

Avril Palmer-Baunack has spent 18 years working in the automotive industry. She
also has substantial experience of the vehicle salvage sector, having worked for
a vehicle salvage and dismantling business, based in Edinburgh, in her early

Avril joins Universal from FMG Group, the UK's largest independent provider of
fleet management services, where from 2002, she was Managing Director of two of
its subsidiary companies. At FMG, she was responsible for managing the Group's
rental network of over 300,000 vehicles at over 2,000 locations and its rescue &
recovery network of c.1,500 agents. She implemented a major programme of
operational and systems improvements across two core business units as well as a
wholesale review of supplier strategy.

From 1996, she worked for five years at Europcar UK, part of Volkswagen AG and
one of Europe's largest car rental companies, both as Business Development
Director and latterly as Sales and Marketing Director, with responsibility for
over 300 personnel. Between, 1994 and 1996, she was National Sales Manager for
Northgate Motor Holdings, the commercial vehicle rental specialist.

Nigel Sandy, Chief Executive, said:

'I am delighted that Avril will be joining Universal. She has considerable
knowledge of the motor industry, including the specialist area of vehicle
salvage. Her appointment strengthens the board as we continue to deliver the
turnaround strategy.'


Universal Salvage plc  Nigel Sandy, Chief Executive          01234 762283

Biddicks               Katie Tzouliadis                      020 7448 1000


There are no details in relation to Avril Palmer-Baunack to be disclosed under
Paragraph 16.4 of the Listing Rules.

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