D1 Oils Plc
26 September 2007
26 September 2007
Appointment of Group Finance Director
D1 Oils plc (D1), the UK-based global producer of biodiesel, today announces the
appointment of Christopher Tawney, 50, as Group Finance Director. Christopher
will join the Board of Directors of D1 with immediate effect.
Christopher joins D1 from WBB Minerals, where he was Group Finance Director.
WBB, with a turnover of approximately £200m, is part of Belgium's Sibelco Group,
one of the world's largest providers of industrial minerals. While at WBB,
Christopher handled the successful merger of the group's UK clay and sand
businesses and the development of a major reorganisation plan.
Christopher has 27 years of experience as a finance director and financial
controller with international blue chip companies. Prior to joining WBB in 2001,
he was UK and Ireland Controller of Lucent Technologies, and managed the
financial aspects of the spin-off of Lucent's enterprise networks business,
Avaya, in 2000. He was Finance Director of Thomson (UK) Holdings Ltd from 1996
to 1999, Group Financial Controller and then Head of Tax at General Utilities
Plc from 1989 to 1996, Financial Controller and Company Secretary at Publicitas
Holdings UK Ltd from 1988 to 1989 and Group Financial Accountant at United City
Merchants Plc from 1985 to 1988. Christopher began his career as an auditor at
Price Waterhouse London in 1980.
Commenting on Christopher's appointment, Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool, Chairman of
D1 Oils plc said:
'We are delighted to welcome Christopher Tawney to the Board as our new Group
Finance Director. Chris has a strong track record and we believe his leadership
will significantly strengthen our financial team as D1 continues to grow.'
In accordance with paragraph 17 and schedule 2 - paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules,
the following information is provided:
Christopher Tawney, aged 50, has no current Directorships.
Over the past five years, Christopher Tawney has been a director of Watts Blake
Bearne & Co PLC; WBB Minerals Limited; Devon and Courtenay Clay Company Limited;
Newton Abbot Clays Limited; the North Devon Clay Company Limited; Sibelco
Minerals and Chemicals (Holdings) Limited; WBB Eastern Europe Limited; WBB Devon
Clays Limited; WBB Technology Limited; Arnold Sands Limited; Associated Silicas
Limited; Fordath Limited; Fordath Developments Limited; Ilamian Limited; Sibelco
Minerals and Chemicals Limited; British Industrial Sand (Scotland) Limited; and
Watts Blake Bearne International Holdings BV. He was also a member of the
Supervisory Board of Kaolin Hlubany a.s. and a Director of WBB de France SA.
There are no further disclosures required to be made pursuant to paragraph 17
and schedule 2 - paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules.
Graham Prince, Head of Corporate Communications
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Notes to Editors
D1 Oils plc is a UK-based global producer of biodiesel. We are building a global
supply chain and network that is sustainable and delivers value from
'earth-to-engine'. Our operations cover agronomy, refining and trading. We are
pioneering the science, planting and production of inedible vegetable oils; we
design, build, own, operate and market biodiesel refineries; and we source,
transport and trade seeds and seedlings, seedcake, crude vegetable oils and
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