ANS Group Plc
LSE : ANS

April 13, 2011 09:00 ET

Appointment of Director

                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                   13 April 2011
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                                                  ANS GROUP PLC
                                                 (PLUS: ANS.PL)
                                                        
                                         ("ANS Group" or the "Company")
                                                        
                                             Appointment of Director

ANS  Group,  the  Manchester based technology infrastructure specialist, are pleased  to  announce  that  Howard
Johnson has been appointed as their new Professional Services Director with immediate effect.

Howard  joined ANS from the board of Alpha Business Computers Limited in November 2010 and has been instrumental
in the integration of Alpha's staff and customers over the past few months.

Howard's  new  role will see him responsible for the Professional Services department at ANS Group, encompassing
the  consultants  and  the  project management team. Richard Gascoigne will take the role  of  Managed  Services
Director and will continue with his operational and internal systems responsibilities.

Howard has worked in IT since leaving school, including positions at Combro IBM, MBS Plc, ICL (now Fujitsu)  and
ITT  Group  where we won the Chairman's Award twice. He joined Alpha in 1993 and was appointed to the  board  as
Technical  Director  in 1999, tasked with driving the services expansion and re-focussing  the  business  around
emerging SAN technologies.

Howard participated in the management buyout of Alpha in 2005 and was part of the team that was responsible  for
further re-focussing the business to drive all SAN work around NetApp unified storage and VMware virtualisation.
This  led  to a rise in turnover by 66% from £6m to £10m in 2006 and then a further 50% to £15m in 2010.  Howard
was  heavily involved with Alpha's Southern expansion in 2008, recruiting pre-sales and technical staff members,
leading to Alpha winning NetApp's Services Partner of the Year award in 2010.

"I  am  delighted to be joining the board at ANS", Howard said. "Everything that I have seen since  joining  the
company has convinced me that ANS will be an exciting and rewarding place to work. The results achieved over the
past  year  have  been outstanding and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing success  story.  The  rapid
growth at ANS Group has seen the Professional Services department expand greatly in the past few months, I  will
be making sure that we continue to provide the quality of service to all customers for which ANS has become well
known."

Paul  Sweeney, Managing Director at ANS Group, said, "ANS is growing through a mixture of organic expansion  and
the  purchase  of  Alpha.  The  back-end operations have more than doubled in size since  we  appointed  Richard
Gascoigne as Operations Director and so Howard's arrival has been perfectly timed to ensure that we are able  to
comfortably  manage  our growth. In the few months that he has been with ANS, Howard has proved  himself  to  be
extremely capable and fully on-board with the unique ANS message and we are delighted to welcome him on  to  the
board."

Howard  is  interested in a total of 205,128 ordinary shares in ANS Group.  He also has the  following  options:
100,000 options exercisable at 120p between 29/10/15 and 29/10/17.

The  total  issued  share  capital of the Company is 12,529,415 ordinary shares of 1p each  and  following  this
appointment, the Directors' shareholdings are 6,720,848 ordinary shares, representing 53.6% of the total  issued
share capital.

The Directors of ANS Group Plc are responsible for the contents of this announcement

The Directors' shareholdings are as follows:

Mr Scott Fletcher                            4,225,453                        33.7%

Mr Paul Sweeney                              1,415,517                        11.3%

Mr Christopher Simon Malthouse                 658,787                         5.3%

Mr David Hutton                                 33,333                         0.3%

Mr Richard Gascoigne                             8,000                         0.1%

Mr Andrew Phillip Barrow                         4,630                         0.0%

Mr Ian Hogg                                    170,000                         1.4%

Mr Howard Johnson                              205,128                         1.6%

TOTAL                                        6,720,848                        53.6%

The Directors of ANS Group are responsible for the contents of this announcement.
ENQUIRIES

ANS Group Plc                                                    Tel: 0161 227 1000
Scott Fletcher, Chairman
scott.fletcher@ansgroup.co.uk


St Helens Capital Partners LLP                                   Tel: 020 7368 6959
Mark Anwyl or Duncan Vasey

ANS Group Plc
Luc Zentar, PR Executive
luc.zentar@ansgroup.co.uk                                        Tel: 0161 227 1000

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