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Gala Coral
21 June 2004

Gala Group Appoints New Finance Director

Gala Group, the UK’s leading gaming operator, today announces the appointment of Matthew Roberts as group finance director.

Matthew, 40, was the finance director at Debenhams from 1996 for seven years, helping to take the company from flotation to the brink of the FTSE-100 prior to its 2003 sale. Before joining Debenhams, he held a number of senior positions within the Burton Group, including finance director of Top Shop / Top Man.

Matthew will join Gala’s main board and executive committee. He starts work on July 5.

Commenting on the appointment, Neil Goulden, Gala’s chief executive, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Matthew to Gala’s senior management team. He is a top class finance director with strong leadership and interpersonal skills and a track record of managing teams in large consumer-facing companies like ours. He will make a huge contribution to the company.”

Matthew Roberts said:

“Gala has made a great name for itself since the management buy-in from Bass in 1997 and the government’s modernisation of gaming industry legislation presents us with a very exciting future. I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic management team and company.”

Notes to editors:

Matthew Roberts’ Career Profile
1996-2003
Debenhams, Finance Director

1995-1996
Top Shop/Top Man, Finance Director

1994-1995
Burton Group, Controller Group Finance

1989-1994
Burton Group, various strategic, corporate development and IR roles

1985-1989
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