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Appointment Of Nicholas Marshall As CEO

07 March, 2017

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited is pleased to announce that Nicholas Marshall is joining as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

Nicholas has over 30 years' experience in the Garden Centre sector. He founded and built two garden centre chains, Country Gardens PLC, which was sold for over £120m and Country Homes and Gardens PLC. He was also CEO of Wyevale Garden Centres for four years, taking it from near administration to a successful sale for £300m.

Andrew Bracey, Chairman, commented: “I have known Nicholas for many years. He is one of the most successful leaders the industry has ever seen and we are thrilled that he has joined Dobbies as CEO. Since the acquisition from Tesco in July, we have been highly impressed by the dedication, loyalty and hard work of Dobbies’ team. With Nicholas at the helm, we feel that Dobbies’ stores will only improve further and we look forward to the forthcoming Spring season.”

Nicholas will be based in Edinburgh and replaces John Cleland, who has left the business for family and personal reasons.

Nicholas Marshall said: ‘I have known and admired the Dobbies’ business for many years, both as a competitor and indeed as a customer. I’m really looking forward to working with what I know to be a talented and committed group and I am certain we can achieve great success together for all our customers. James Barnes and the team built a great business; I am keen we take it forward in the same spirit.’

The Board of Dobbies would like to thank John Cleland for his leadership and commitment to Dobbies at an important time, and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

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