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Halma PLC (HLMA)


Tuesday 01 March, 2005

Halma PLC

Directorate Change

Halma PLC
1 March 2005

                                 Halma p.l.c.

                                Board Changes

Halma, the leading safety and environmental technology group, announces the
appointment of Andrew Williams as Chief Executive and the retirement of Stephen
O'Shea with effect from 28 February 2005.

Andrew was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in November 2004 and has worked
alongside Stephen O'Shea since that time to ensure a smooth transition to
becoming CEO.  This timing enables Andrew to close out this financial year and
clearly assume responsibility for both the budgeting and the performance of the
coming financial year.

Andrew Williams was appointed to the Board in July 2004 having joined Halma in
1994.  He has been very successful within the Group both as an operating company
Managing Director and as a Divisional Chief Executive.  Andrew was responsible
for the acquisition of Ocean Optics Inc., an excellent recent addition to the
Group, as well as playing a significant role in the development of people right
across Halma.

Commenting on the changes, Chairman Geoff Unwin said, 'Following an extensive
evaluation process, I am delighted that an internal candidate demonstrated the
strongest leadership potential.  The Board and I are confident that Andrew will
build on the excellent platform that Stephen O'Shea has nurtured and that Andrew
will continue to encourage growth and innovation across the Group.

'Stephen O'Shea's retirement marks another milestone in the history of Halma. 
Stephen joined the Group in 1983 with Halma's purchase of Apollo Fire Detectors
Limited where he was Managing Director.  Stephen was promoted up through the
ranks, ultimately being appointed Chief Executive in 1995.  The Board and I wish
to record our thanks to Stephen for his strong leadership over the past 10
years.  Impressively, during Stephen's tenure, the Group's turnover has doubled
and headline profits have grown from £29 million to over £50 million.'

Halma today is capitalised at approximately £600 million, and the Group is
widely recognised for its ability to create wealth for its shareholders and for
its consistently high returns on capital employed.

Halma's trading statement relating to the year ending 2 April 2005 will be
issued as usual in late April 2005.

For further information, please contact:

Geoff Unwin, Chairman                                         +44 (0)1494 721111

Andrew Williams, Chief Executive

Kevin Thompson, Finance Director

Hogarth Partnership Limited                                  +44 (0)20 7357 9477

Rachel Hirst/Andrew Jaques

A copy of this announcement, together with other information about Halma, may be
viewed on its website:

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