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Northgate PLC
19 March 2008

19 March 2008



Northgate plc ("Northgate", the "Company" or the "Group"), the UK and Spain's
leading specialist in light commercial vehicle hire, announces the following
Board appointment.

The Board is pleased to announce that Mr Robert Contreras has agreed to join the
Board as Finance Director with effect from 2 June 2008. A chartered accountant,
his most recent appointment was Managing Director of the Surgical Division of
Molnlycke Healthcare Group, a world-leading manufacturer of products and
services for the professional health care sector, headquartered in Sweden with
global operations. He was previously Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer
of private equity backed Damovo Group SA, and, prior to that, Group Finance
Director of Azlan Group plc.

His wide knowledge and proven experience of the European markets will be a
valuable asset to our future expansion plans.

Steve Smith, Chief Executive, commented:

"We are delighted to welcome Robert to Northgate and look forward to his
contribution as the Company continues the execution of its strategic plan."

The following disclosure is made pursuant to paragraph 9.6.13 of the Listing

Mr Contreras was a Director of Damovo Group SA ("DG"), and its subsidiary,
Damovo III SA ("DIII"), both registered in Luxembourg, from 22 February 2005 to
12 March 2008. In October 2006, DIII was unable to pay interest due on a series
of notes, secured inter alia by a guarantee by DG, issued in 2005 as part of a
restructuring of the Damovo Group's funding arrangements. On 25 April 2007,
following registration at Companies House as foreign companies, and on the
application of the Directors, Administration Orders under the Insolvency Act
1986 were granted for both companies. The Directors' Statement of Affairs showed
total indebtedness of £566m, of which £304m of secured creditors was satisfied
by the sale of assets. There were no other preferential or external creditors,
all the remaining indebtedness being intra-group.

Mr Contreras was also a Director of Enterprise Digital Architects SpA, a company
registered in Italy, from 16 January 2006 to 9 May 2007 which was declared
bankrupt on 22 November 2007.

There are no other matters which require to be disclosed pursuant to Listing
Rule 9.6.13.

For further information, please contact:

Northgate plc 01325 467558
Steve Smith, Chief Executive

Hogarth Partnership Limited 020 7357 9477
Andrew Jaques
Barnaby Fry
Anthony Arthur

Notes to Editors:

Northgate plc rents light commercial vehicles and sells a range of fleet
products to businesses via a network of hire companies in the UK, Republic of
Ireland and Spain. Its NORFLEX product gives businesses access to a flexible
method to acquire as many commercial vehicles as they need, without tying up
capital or entering a fixed term contract.

Further information regarding Northgate plc can be found on the Company's


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