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Monday 10 April, 2006

W.H. Ireland Group

Board Appointment

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
10 April 2006


                              WH Ireland Group plc

                                (the 'Company')

                     Appointment of Non-executive Director


The Company is pleased to announce the appointment to the board of John Padovan
as a non-executive director of the Company with immediate effect. John has an
outstanding record in the City and in industry and the board look forward to his
wise counsel in steering the future development of the group.

John Mario Faskally Padovan, age 67, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with
PriceWaterhouse & Co before moving to County Bank Ltd, the merchant banking
division of National Westminster Group, in 1970. After progressing to Chairman
of County Bank Ltd, John moved to Hambros plc as Deputy Chairman of Hambros Bank
before then moving to Barclays de Zoete Wedd Holdings Limited, the stockbroking
business of Barclays Group plc, where he held senior board positions. Since
leaving Barclays de Zoete Wedd Holdings Ltd in 1991, John has been appointed as
a director to a variety of companies including Tesco plc and Interserve plc.


John Padovan is currently a director of the following companies:

Dawnay Day Development Finance Ltd
Dawnay Day Property Equity Finance Ltd
Dawnay Day Property Finance Ltd
Evans Property Holdings Ltd
Findel plc
Interserve Pension Trustees Ltd
Schroder Split Investment Fund plc
Schroder Split ZDP plc

In the past five years, he has also been a director of the following companies:

AFA Systems plc
City and Guilds of London Art School Ltd
Furniture Village plc
HFC Bank Ltd
Interserve plc
Liontrust First UK Investment Trust plc (1)
Planned Maintenance Group Ltd
Schroder Split Fund plc (2)
St George's Golf Club Trust Limited
Whitbread plc
Whitbread Pension Trustees Ltd
Williams Lea Group Ltd

(1) Liontrust First UK Investment Trust plc was an investment trust liquidated
on 27 February 1997.

(2) Schroder Split Fund plc was an investment trust liquidated on 8 February
1993.


There are no other disclosures required under Schedule Two (g) of the AIM rules.


For further enquiries please contact:

W H Ireland Group plc
Laurie Beevers, Chief Executive                     Tel: 0161 832 6644
David Youngman, Managing Director                   Tel: 0161 832 6644

Biddicks
Zoe Biddick                                         Tel: 020 7448 1000






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