Austin Reed Group PLC announces the appointment of Angela Heylin OBE as a non-executive director with effect from 1 July 2001.

Angela is president of BSMG Worldwide (UK) and is also a director of Mothercare plc and of Provident Financial plc.

Previously she was chief executive of Charles Barker (now part of BSMG Worldwide) for 13 years and served on the Prime Minister's Advisory Panel for the Citizen's Charter from 1993 to 1997.

John Robins, chairman of Austin Reed Group, commenting on the appointment, said: "We are delighted to welcome Angela Heylin to the board. She brings a broad range of experience to the Group and I am sure she will make a major contribution to the future development of the company."