19 APRIL 2024

Appointment of Non-Executive Directors

Stephen Welch has worked for financial sponsors and investors in both executive and non-executive roles. He has extensive experience managing complex corporate issues, including several restructuring situations of regulated financial services and insurance businesses. Stephen is also a Non-Executive Director of Telegraph Media Group Limited, The Spectator (1828) Limited and the Primary Group Limited. Stephen was a partner at McGrathNicol and a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Lawrence Hirsh has acted as an independent board member and advisor to a number of companies, providing financial and operational services. Lawrence was previously a Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal, leading its Southeastern US Corporate Restructuring Practice, and a Partner at Arthur Andersen LLP. As both an advisor and during his career, Lawrence has a track-record of helping drive operational improvements and cost reduction programs.

Jeff Hayman, Chairman of R&Q, said: "Stephen and Lawrence both bring relevant additional experience to the Board, in particular with regards to our priorities of reducing debt and improving the efficiency and expense base of the go-forward business. As we continue to work towards completing the sale of Accredited, these appointments also support our ongoing discussions with lenders to achieve their necessary approvals."

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