Vitesse Media plc (AIM: VIS), the AIM-quoted digital media and events business, announces the appointments with immediate effect of Neil Sachdev as Non-executive Chairman and Fraser Gray as a Non-executive Director and the resignations with immediate effect of Dave Smith and Keith Willey as Non-executive Chairman and Non-executive Director respectively.

Neil Sachdev MBE is an experienced Chairman with a strong track record of corporate governance, strategy and change management. He is Chairman of Sirius Real Estate Limited (until the end of December 2017) and of Martin’s Properties Limited and was Chairman of Market Tech Holdings Limited until June 2017 and stepped down as a Non-Executive Director of Intu Properties plc (formerly Capital Shopping Centres) during 2016 after ten years’ service. Previously, Neil held the post of Group Property Director of J Sainsbury and before that served for 28 years with Tesco, where he rose to be Stores Board Director, responsible for property and operations for the entire UK business. He also holds a number of public sector positions and was awarded an MBE for his work in relation to Energy Efficiency & Sustainability in the Retail sector. Mr Sachdev is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board of Warwick Business School.

Fraser Gray BSc is an ICAS chartered accountant, licensed insolvency practitioner and accredited mediator and sits on a number of advisory boards. He is experienced in a wide variety of corporate activity supporting SME companies on growth and strategic matters.  Fraser was a Managing Director at AlixPartners in London until December 2016 following its acquisition of Zolfo Cooper Europe in February 2015. Fraser became a founding partner of Zolfo Cooper Europe in October 2008, which was set up to acquire Kroll Corporate Advisory & Restructuring Group where Fraser had worked since October 1996 and was a partner and leader of the Scottish practice. Fraser is also a Non-Executive Director of Maven Income and Growth VCT 6 PLC.

Simon Stilwell, Chief Executive Officer of Vitesse Media, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Neil and Fraser to the Board. Both bring additional strategic, commercial, transaction and leadership experience which will be invaluable as we pursue our growth strategy and continue to transform the Company.

In 2017, we moved swiftly to improve the business at every level, reinvigorating not only its products and services, but critically our governance and leadership too. The foundations are in place for growth and improved financial performance. We enter 2018 fit to compete and excited by the opportunities ahead.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank both Dave and Keith for their contribution and many years of loyal service.”

Regulatory disclosures (in accordance with Rule 17 and Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies)

Nilesh (“Neil”) Sachdev MBE, aged 59, is, or has been during the last five years, a director or partner of the following companies/partnerships:

  • Current directorships/partnerships:
  • Brayborne Facilities Services Limited
  • Exclusive Contract Services Limited
  • Exclusive Services Group Limited
  • Martin’s Design and Construction Ltd
  • Martin’s Estates (Clerkenwell) Ltd
  • Martins Properties (Chelsea) Limited
  • Martin’s Properties (Kensington) Ltd
  • Martin’s Properties (Radnor Walk) Lt
  • Martin’s Properties Holdings Limited
  • Martin’s Properties No.1 Ltd
  • Network Rail Property Limited
  • NHS Property Services Limited
  • Querkus Limited
  • Radnor Walk Investments Ltd
  • Sirius Realestate Ltd

 Previous directorships/partnerships:

  • Barleygold Limited
  • BL Crawley
  • BL Sainsbury Superstores Limited
  • BL Superstores (Funding) Ltd
  • BL Superstores Finance Plc
  • BLS Non Securitised 2012 1 Limited
  • BLS Non Securitised 2012 2 Limited
  • BLSSP (Cash Management) Limited
  • BLSSP (Lending) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 1 2010) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 1 2012) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 1) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 10) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 11) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 12) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 13) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 14) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 15) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 16) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 17) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 19) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 2 2010) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 2) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 20) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 21) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 22) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 23) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 24) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 25) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 26) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 27) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 28) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 3) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 30) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 31) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 32) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 33) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 35) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 4) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 5) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 6) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 7) Limited
  • BLSSP (PHC 9) Limited
  • BLSSP Property Holdings Limited
  • British Land Superstores (Non-Securitised)
  • Clarendon Property Company
  • CleverTec Ltd 
  • East Walls Nominees No. 1 Limited
  • East Walls Nominees No. 2 Limited
  • Harvest 2 GP Ltd
  • Harvest 2 Selly Oak Ltd
  • Harvest GP Limited
  • Harvest Nominee No. 1 Limited
  • Harvest Nominee No. 2 Limited
  • HSS Hire Group Plc
  • IGD Services Ltd
  • Institute of Grocery Distribution Ltd
  • Properties Plc
  • J Sainsbury Plc
  • JSD (London) Limited
  • Medico Dental Holdings Ltd
  • Oxford Road Land Limited
  • Pencilscreen Limited
  • Ramheath Properties Limited
  • Romford Developments Limited
  • S.W. Dewsbury Limited
  • Sainsbury Bridgeco Holdco Limited
  • Sainsbury Bridgeco Propco Limited
  • Sainsbury Holdco A Limited
  • Sainsbury Holdco B Limited
  • Sainsbury Propco A Limited
  • Sainsbury Propco B Limited
  • Sainsbury Propco C Limited
  • Sainsbury Propco D Limited
  • Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
  • Selected Land and Property Company
  • Stamford Properties (Dorking) Limited
  • Ten Fleet Place
  • Vyson

Fraser James Gray BSc, aged 53, is, or has been during the last five years, a director or partner of the following companies/partnerships:

Current directorships/partnerships:

  • Blaven Advisory Limited
  • Maven Capital (Llandudno) LLP
  • Maven Capital (Telfer House) LLP
  • Maven Income and Growth VCT 6 PLC
  • The Reel One Partnership LLP
  • Zebra Realisations LLP

 Previous directorships/partnerships:

  • Alixpartners Services UK LLP
  • IPR Services Limited
  • Redux Laboratories LLP

 For further enquiries please contact:

Vitesse Media plc

+44 (0)20 7250 7035

Simon Stilwell, Chief Executive
Ed Riddell, Finance Director

Stockdale Securities Limited

+44 (0)20 7601 6100

Tom Griffiths
Ed Thomas

Alma PR

+44 (0)20 3865 9668

Rebecca Sanders-Hewett
Robyn Fisher
Susie Hudson

About Vitesse Media plc

Vitesse Media plc is an AIM-quoted leading B2B media business specialising in events, digital activities, data and research across four key sectors: Technology, Investment, Diversity and SME. Vitesse’s ambition is to create content that informs, communities that engage and brands that inspire in order to enable a better business environment for our sponsors and clients.

Vitesse’s flagship titles include SmallBusiness.co.uk, Growth Company Investor, Information Age, GrowthBusiness.co.uk and What Investment. Vitesse Media is also responsible for a growing portfolio of high-profile events, including The Quoted Company Awards, Women in IT Awards, British Small Business Awards and Data 50 Awards, amongst others.

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