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Friday 24 November, 2006

W.H. Ireland Group

Directorate Change

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
24 November 2006

                              WH Ireland Group plc

                                (the 'Company')

                     Appointment of Non-executive Director

The Company is pleased to announce the appointment to the board of Roger
Lane-Smith as a Non-executive Director of the Company with immediate effect.
Roger has an outstanding record in the City and the board look forward to his
assisting in the future development of the group.

Roger Lane-Smith, aged 61, is Non-executive Chairman of JJB Sports plc. He was
Senior Partner and Chairman of DLA Piper UK LLP from 1998 to 2005 and was
appointed a Senior Consultant to the practice in May 2005. He is also a
Non-executive Director of MS International plc, Dolphin Capital Investors,
Timpsons plc and a number of other non-quoted companies. He is also a council
member of the CBI.

Roger Lane-Smith is currently a director of the following companies:

JJB Sports plc

MS International plc

Timpson Group plc

GBM Support Services Group Limited

Lanebridge Investment Management Limited

Mostyn Estates Limited

Cholmondeley Farms Limited

Turley Associates Limited

The Alderley Group Ltd

Alderley Investment Limited

Alderley Industries Limited

DLA & Partners Limited

Dolphin Capital Partners Limited (BVI Company - AIM Listed)

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

Chuckledan Properties Limited
Sandymere Limited
Punch Taverns (PM) Limited (Pubmaster)
Paymentshield Holdings Ltd.

There are no disclosures required under Schedule Two (g) (iii) - (viii) of the
AIM Rules.

For further enquiries, please contact:

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

Zoe Biddick                                            Tel:  020 7448 1000

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