UK marketing and services business focused on the UK consumer legal market, today announces that as part of a review of succession plans for the role of Chief Financial Officer, Steve Dolton will step down as CFO and from the Board on 31st December 2017.
Steve requested that the role of Chief Financial Officer be considered as part of the Group's succession process and having helped steer the Group through its successful IPO in 2014, he now wishes to focus on other business interests. The Board is pleased to announce that James David Saralis, aged 38, has been appointed to succeed Steve as CFO and will join the Group in January 2018 unless an earlier departure date from his current employer can be agreed. It is expected that James will be appointed to the Board in due course.
James is currently a Chief Financial Officer at Jelf, a leading consultancy providing expert advice on insurance, employee benefits and financial planning for businesses and individuals. Prior to joining Jelf, James was a financial accountant at Clearspeed Technology plc, having previously operated in a range of auditing and business analyst roles. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, James' appointment follows a thorough process led by the Board.
Steve Halbert, Chairman of NAHL, commented:
"On behalf of the Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for the contribution he has made to NAHL's success over the last six years. Steve helped to prepare the Group for and deliver the successful IPO in 2014 and has been instrumental in the subsequent acquisitions of Bush & Company, Fitzalan and Searches UK. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Steve and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone at NAHL in thanking him for his dedicated service to the Group and wish him well for the future.
"I am delighted that James has agreed to join the Group and am confident that his strong operational focus and experience will be of great value to the team as our business continues to evolve."
Steve Dolton, outgoing Chief Financial Officer, said:
"I have very much enjoyed the past six years at NAHL and feel that now is the right time to concentrate on and pursue other business roles. The Group has gone through significant change during my tenure and I am pleased to have built a strong finance function that is well placed for the next stage in NAHL's development."
There are no further disclosures required under Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.
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