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French to go non-exec at Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson's executive chairman Geoff French is step down and become non-executive chairman from 1 November the consultant announced today in its AGM and Interim Management Statement.

Chief executive Hugh Blackwood will take over the running of the company from that date.

French has been with Scott Wilson for 40 years. The decision to step back is part of the group's commitment to planning for senior executive succession and board structure over the long term, the company said.

Scott Wilson acquired highly respected consultant Benaim earlier this year along with Terence Lee Partnership and Strategic Leisure.

Since the year end the Group has extended its committed banking facilities to £70M to provide additional resources to support its acquisition strategy.

The statement says the group's order book remains at a high level with significant new project wins including the detailed highway design of the A421 from Bedford to the M1 in the UK, major highways projects in Poland, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and India, nuclear sector commissions in the UK, the Grand Mosque in Bahrain, new buildings in China and power projects in Pakistan, Greece and Indonesia.

"As a result the board remains confident of achieving group performance in line with expectations,” the statement says.

Scott Wilson will announce its interim results in December.

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