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Tuesday 22 April, 2008

W.H. Ireland Group

Directorate Change

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
22 April 2008

                              WH Ireland Group plc
                        ('WH Ireland' or the 'Company')

                              Directorate Changes

Further to the announcement on 1 April 2008 and following receipt of approvals
from the FSA, WH Ireland is pleased to confirm that Lord Marland and Rupert Lowe
have joined the board of the Company (the 'Board') with effect from 21 April
2008.  Lord Marland joins WH Ireland as a Non Executive Director and Rupert Lowe
as Non Executive Director and Chairman.

Lord Marland replaces John Lawrence, who resigned yesterday as a Non Executive
Director of WH Ireland.  Rupert Lowe replaces Sir David Trippier, who resigned
yesterday as Non Executive Director and Chairman of WH Ireland.

Commenting on his appointment, new Chairman Rupert Lowe said:

'Lord Marland and I are delighted to be joining the Board today and would like
to take this opportunity to thank Sir David Trippier and John Lawrence for their
contribution to the development of WH Ireland over the years.  We very much look
forward to working with the excellent WH Ireland team to build on the firm
foundations which they have established.  The business has developed well with a
strong asset base and clear strategy for growth.  We are confident that we can
help to drive the strategy forward.'

Appointment of Lord Marland of Odstock

Lord Jonathan Peter Marland of Odstock, aged 51 years, is currently Chairman of
Herriot Limited, Janspeed Limited and Clareville Capital LLP.  He is a director
of Jubilee Motor Policies and its associated companies, Hunter Boot Limited and
a member of Insurance Capital Partners LLP.

Lord Marland was a founding member of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Plc and has
previously been a director of Conservatives for Change Limited and The Holburne
Museum Trust Company.

Lord Marland was a director of Esprit Music Ltd, which went into voluntary
liquidation in 1990.

As at the date of this announcement, Lord Marland holds 550,000 shares in the
capital of the Company.

There is no further information to be disclosed under Schedule 2(g) of the AIM
Rules.

Appointment of Rupert Lowe

Rupert James Graham Lowe, aged 50 years, is currently a director of Appleclaim
Limited, Arlowe Properties Limited, Cassidy Capital Limited, Coverpoint Holdings
Limited, Data-Path Office Network Services Limited, Hills Building Services
Limited, Intelligence Research Limited, IP Maestrale Energy Italy 3 LLP, J Brand
Limited, Jubilee Motor Policies Limited and associated companies, Lowe Holdings
Limited and Wrist Marketing Limited.

Rupert Lowe was previously employed by Phillips and Drew, Baring Securities and
Morgan Grenfell.  He was a director of L.I.F.F.E. and was involved in the
development of the FTSE 100.  Rupert Lowe has also previously been a director of
Southampton Leisure Holdings Plc, Concord Holdings Limited, Dell Estates
Limited, Felix Broadcasting Limited, Football Association Limited, Forest FM
Limited, Radio Hampshire Limited, Secure Retirement Limited, Southampton
Football Club Limited, Southampton Insurance Services Limited, Southampton
Mortgage and Financial Centre Limited, Southampton Swaylife Limited, Southcity
FM Limited, St Mary's Stadium Limited, St Michael's Street Homes (No.1) Limited,
Stadium 2000 Limited and Wembley National Stadium Limited.

Rupert Lowe was a director of Leaf and Carver Limited, which went into voluntary
liquidation in 1996.  He was also a director of Lowe Building Services Limited
until June 2002, shortly before the company went into voluntary liquidation in
October 2002.

As at the date of this announcement Rupert Lowe holds 330,000 shares in the
capital of the Company.

There is no further information to be disclosed under Schedule 2(g) of the AIM
Rules.


For further information, please contact:-

Greg Cant        0161 827 3800            Rothschild
Zoe Biddick       020 7448 1000           Biddicks



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