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Thursday 26 February, 2009

Booker Group PLC

Directorate Change

RNS Number : 9421N
Booker Group PLC
26 February 2009

26 February 2009


Booker Group plc ('the Company')


The Board of Booker is pleased to confirm that Karen Jones CBE (52) has been appointed as a non executive director with effect from 4th March 2009.

Until January 2006, Karen Jones was CEO of Spirit Group Ltd, a private equity backed 2000 strong pub & restaurant Group which was built up from the acquisition of Allied Domecq Ltd in 1999, and the subsequent successful acquisition and integration of the 1,500-strong estate of Scottish and Newcastle Retail in November 2003. Spirit was sold for £2.7bn to Punch Taverns in January 2006. 

Prior to Spirit, Karen Jones founded, grew and floated Café Rouge and The Pelican Group Plc, which she sold to Whitbread in July 1996. Karen has a first class honours degree from University of East Anglia, and also attended Wellesley CollegeUSA

Karen has now started another hospitality company in London, Food and Fuel Ltd which currently consists of ten gastropubs.

Karen is a Non Executive Director of Virgin Active Group Ltd and of Royal National Theatre Enterprises Ltd. She is a Governor of Ashridge Business School, sits on the Industrial Development Advisory Board and chairs the Rebuilding Childhoods Board of the NSPCC. 

 Richard Rose, chairman of Booker, said: 


'We are delighted to announce this appointment. Karen will be an excellent addition to the Board of Booker; she is a successful entrepreneur and brings a deep understanding of the hospitality and catering industry. We are delighted that we have attracted a businesswoman of her calibre.' 

The existing Booker Board consists of Richard Rose (chairman), Charles Wilson (chief executive), Jonathan Prentis (Group finance director), Bryan Drew (commercial director), Bryn Satherley (operations director), 

Lord Bilimoria (non executive director), Andrew Cripps (non executive director) and Kevin Lyon (non executive director).

Save as disclosed below, there is nothing further to disclose in relation to the appointment of Karen Jones under Schedule Two, paragraph (g) of the AIM rules:

For further information contact:

Tulchan Communications (PR Adviser to Booker Group plc) 

020 7353 4200 

Susanna Voyle/Lucy Legh

Investec Bank plc (Nominated Adviser to Booker Group plc) 

020 7597 5970 

Keith Anderson 


Full name: Karen Elisabeth Dind Jones 

Current directorships:

Virgin Active Group Limited

Royal National Theatre Enterprises Ltd

Food & Fuel Limited

Front Page Holdings Limited

Front Page Pubs Limited

Arem Foundation

Previous directorships: 

Emap plc

Gondola Holdings plc

HBOS plc

See attached schedule for remainder of previous directorships

Schedule of previous directorships:

Abbaye Restaurants Limited

Aspect Leisure Activities Limited

Aspect Ventures Limited

AVL (Pubs) No.1 Limited

AVL (Pubs) No.2 Limited

Bank of Scotland Plc

Barnaby's Carvery Limited

Barshelf 2 Limited

British Beer & Pub Association

Broadway Inns Limited

Cafe Pelican Limited

Cafe Rouge Limited

Cafe Rouge Restaurants Limited

Catertour Limited

Chef & Brewer Hotels Limited

Chef & Brewer Limited

Cheshire Hotels (Developments) Limited

Cheshire Hotels Limited

Chiefgem Limited

City Limits Limited

Cleveland Place Holdings Limited

Clivara Limited

Country Fayre Restaurants Limited

Country Grill Restaurants Limited

CPH (R&LNo.1 Limited

CPH (R&LNo.2 Limited

CPH Palladium Limited

Dearg Limited

Dolmix Limited

Eat Limited

Emap International Limited

Finrange Limited

Floatcity Limited

Freehouse Limited

Freshwild Limited

Gillbrook Limited

Gondola Holdings Limited

Halifax Limited

Handyminster Limited


Heathgate Restaurants Limited

Homespreads Limited

Hopegood Limited

Huggins And Company Limited

Huxleys Bar & Kitchen Limited

Jim Thomson's Spice Islands Trading Company Limited

John Barras & CLimited

Juneford Limited

Law Society Services Limited

Lawnline Investments Limited

Leadenhall WinCompany Limited

Little London Pubs Limited

London Pub-Restaurants Limited

London Tourist Pubs Limited

Mamma Amalfi Restaurants Limited

Market Place Restaurant (Leadenhall) Limited

Mountloop Limitted


New Pubco (SLBLimited

New Pubco Holdings Limited

Newpubco (MCLimited

Open House Limited

Oriel Restaurants Limited

Ortega Restaurants Limited

Partstripe Limited

Pelican Restaurants Limited

Pomeroys Restaurants Limited

Premier Inn Hotels Limited

Prestbury Wentworth Intermediate Limited

Punch Taverns (CMSLimited

Punch Taverns (DCHoldings Limited

Punch Taverns (FHLimited

Punch Taverns (MHLimited

Punch Taverns (PGELimited

Punch Taverns (PGRFLimited

Punch Taverns (PGRPLimited

Punch Taverns (PPCFLimited

Punch Taverns (PRLimited

Punch Taverns (RHLimited

Punch Taverns (VPRLimited

R.VGoodhew Limited

Readystripe Limited

Red Restaurants Limited

Royal National Theatre Enterprises Limited

Schooner Inns Limited

Shiela's Public Houses Limited

Southern Inns Limited

Spirit (AKE Holdings) Limited

Spirit (BRBLimited

Spirit (CCRLimited

Spirit (Faith) Limited

Spirit (Lodges Holdings) Limited

Spirit (OOLLimited

Spirit (PSCLimited

Spirit (SGLLimited

Spirit Acquisition Properties Limited

Spirit Acquisitions Guarantee Limited

Spirit Acquisitions Holdings Limited

Spirit Financial Holdings Limited

Spirit Group Equity Limited

Spirit Group Finco Limited

Spirit Group Holdings Limited

Spirit Group Limited

Spirit Group Parent Limited

Spirit Group Retail (North) Limited

Spirit Group Retail (NorthamptonLimited

Spirit Group Retail (Pubs) No.1 Limited

Spirit Group Retail (Pubs) No.2 Limited

Spirit Group Retail (South) Limited

Spirit Group Retail Hotels Limited

Spirit Group Retail Limited

Spirit Group Retail Pubs and Restaurants Limited

Spirit Intermediate Holdings Limited

Spirit Issuer Parent Limited

Spirit Issuer Plc

Spirit Managed Funding Limited

Spirit Managed Holdings Limited

Spirit Managed Inns Limited

Spirit Managed Pubs Limited

Spirit Parent Limited

Spirit Pubs Holding Limited

Spirit Pubs Parent Limited

Spirit Retail Bidco Limited

Spirit Supply Company Limited

Springtarn Limited

Steward and Patteson Limited

Stickpad Limited

Stripe Travel Inn Limited

Telsombe Tavern Limited

The Chef & Brewer Group Limited

The Host Group Limited

The Nice Pub Company Limited

The Royal National Theatre

Tom Cobleigh (Inns) Limited

Tom Cobleigh (Trading) Limited

Tom Cobleigh Group Limited

Tom cobleigh Holdings Limited

Tom Cobleigh Limited

Whitegate Taverns Limited

Zedlease Limited

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