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Elementis PLC (ELM)

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Monday 06 June, 2005

Elementis PLC

Directorate Change

Elementis PLC
06 June 2005


                                 Elementis plc

                       Changes to the Board of Directors

Monday, 6th June 2005: Elementis plc (LSE:ELM), (or 'the company'), a global
specialty chemicals company, announced today that following discussions with
Hanover Investors, a turn-around investment specialist and 15.2 per cent
shareholder of Elementis, and consultation with leading institutional
shareholders, the following appointments to the board of directors have been
made with immediate effect:

•   Edward Bramson, a Hanover Investors principal, is appointed
    non-executive chairman;

•   Matthew Peacock, a Hanover Investors principal, is appointed
    non-executive director;

•   Ian Brindle, former UK chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers and
    deputy chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel, is appointed a
    non-executive director; and

•   Ken Minton, previously chief executive of Laporte PLC and
    currently a non-executive director of Solvay SA and Tomkins PLC, is 
    appointed as non-executive director.

Keith Hopkins, the current chairman, has resigned from Elementis and Edward
Wilson, senior non-executive director, has also resigned from the Board of
Directors with immediate effect. Following these changes the board will comprise
the new appointees listed above, Geoff Gaywood - chief executive, Brian
Taylorson - finance director, and non-executive directors Kevin Matthews and
Chris Girling. Also, as previously announced at the company's AGM, Philip Brown,
executive director and company secretary will be retiring as of June 30, 2005.
This Board structure enjoys the support of leading institutional shareholders of
the Company.

Chief executive of Elementis plc, Geoff Gaywood said, 'Keith Hopkins and Edward
Wilson leave the company in excellent shape, and we would like to thank them for
their substantial contribution. In addition we welcome our new non-executive
directors to the Board. As stated at the Company's Annual General Meeting on
April 28, Elementis has made progress in line with expectations, and we look
forward to continuing the successful transformation of this company.'

Edward Bramson, the incoming chairman of Elementis added, 'The restoration of
shareholder value and profitable growth of Elementis will be at the forefront of
the board's planning. I look forward to working with the management team and
serving as the company's chairman.'

                                    - Ends -

Notes to Editors:

About Elementis
Elementis plc is a global specialty chemicals company comprising four separate
businesses Elementis Chromium, Elementis Specialties, Elementis Pigments and
Elementis Specialty Rubber.

About Hanover Investors
Hanover  Investors, a specialist turnaround investment firm, provides equity
capital from  its own funds and from institutional investors to fund change in
operating  businesses. Its approach to investing is distinctive because each of
its principals has, in addition to financial expertise, in depth practical
experience of operating management.

Hanover is based in London with offices in New York and principally invests in
European and U.S. based businesses.  Hanover was most recently responsible for
leading the turnaround of 4imprint Group PLC, a promotional products firm based
in the UK with a significant US presence.  Hanover acquired 27 per cent of
4imprint and joined its board in October 2003.  Following a change of strategic
direction there was a rapid return to profitability and distribution of cash to
shareholders. This led to a seven fold share price rise in eighteen months, at
which time Matthew Peacock and Edward Bramson left the board in early 2005.

Further Enquiries:

Elementis                                             Tel +44 (0) 1784 227000
Geoff Gaywood - Chief Executive
Brian Taylorson - Finance Director
Hilary Reid Evans - Head of Corporate Communications

Financial Dynamics                                    Tel +44 (0) 20 7831 3113
Deborah Scott/Greg Quine

Hanover Investors Limited                             Tel +44 (0) 20 7766 8400
Matthew Peacock - Principal
Edward Bramson - Principal

Tulchan                                               Tel + 44 (0) 20 7353 4200
Andrew Grant/Peter Hewer

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