Healthcare Locums plc says
Healthcare Locums plc says in a Pre-close Trading Update
Strong trading continued into December and further to the Companys trading update of 8 December 2008, HCL confirms that it continues to trade in line with managements and market expectations. Trading in December and January has been robust and the board remains confident of the continuing financial progress of the business.
The Company will report its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2008 in the third week of March 2009.
The Company is pleased to announce the following strengthening of its Board. Kate Bleasdale, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, has been promoted to the newly-created executive management post of Executive Vice Chairman and will continue to lead the business as the senior Executive Board director.
Diane Jarvis, Executive Finance Director since the Companys admission to AIM in November 2005, is promoted to the role of Group Managing Director. Diane will continue to work closely with Kate and fellow executive directors to progress the development of the business both in the UK and internationally.
Mo Dedat, who was appointed to the Board as Commercial Director on 14 April 2008, is promoted to Executive Finance Director. Mo is a chartered accountant having spent 10 years with the London office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a wide range of highly relevant company experience in recruitment markets, including UK Finance Director for one of the largest general staffing companies Adecco.
Andy McRae is appointed to the Board as Executive Chief Operating Officer. Andy, formerly Managing Director of international operations at Hays Plc, is a chartered accountant and has worked in the recruitment sector for the last 7 years.
For the purposes of AIM Rules Schedule 2 disclosure regarding other directorships held by Andy McRae, please see Appendix.
Carole Hepburn, Executive Director of Operations, has resigned from the Board with immediate effect in order to pursue other business interests. Carole will leave the Companys employment at the end of January.
Alan Walker and Alasdair Liddell continue as Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Deputy Chairman respectively.
Alan Walker, Non Executive Chairman of Healthcare Locums, said:
These appointments represent an important development for the Company and significantly strengthen the Executive capabilities of the Board. While Kate and Diane will continue to play key roles in the day-to-day running of the Company the appointments of Mo and Andy bring significant additional experience and operational capability to the Board. This can only help the company prosper further. We are sorry to see Carole leave and would like to thank her for her commitment to the Company. We wish her well for the future.
Change of Nominated Advisor and Broker
HCL today announces the appointment, with immediate effect, of Fairfax I.S. PLC as the Companys new nominated advisor and joint broker. Collins Stewart remains as joint broker to the Company with a particular focus on the North American institutional investment market where the Company has received a lot of interest in recent months.