Retirement of Director

Guinness Peat Group PLC 01 October 2004 GUINNESS PEAT GROUP PLC & GPG (UK) HOLDINGS PLC Further to the announcement at its Annual General Meeting in May 2004, Guinness Peat Group plc ("GPG" or "the Company") confirms the retirement of Trevor Beyer as a Director on 30 September 2004. Trevor also retires from the Board of GPG (UK) Holdings plc. He is succeeded on that Board by Laurie Todd, who remains Chief Executive of Staveley Industries plc, another wholly owned subsidiary of GPG in the UK. Trevor joined the Board of GPG in March 1990 when the Company came under the control of the then Brierley Investments Limited. The Board wishes to express its gratitude to Trevor for his contribution over the 14 years that he has been a director, during which time the Group's shareholders' funds have risen from £28 million to the £481 million declared at 30 June 2004. On a personal level the Chairman, Sir Ron Brierley, said "having worked with Trevor for very many years with GPG and previously, I take this opportunity to wish him a happy and well earned retirement." Richard Russell Company Secretary 1 October 2004 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange


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