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Appointment of non-executive Director

11 November 2011

Halma, the leading safety, health and sensor technology group, announces the appointment of Daniela Barone Soares as a non-executive Director of the Company with effect from 10 November 2011. She will join the Audit Committee.

Daniela Barone Soares is Chief Executive of Impetus Trust, the pioneer venture philanthropists in the UK; this is an organisation that translates venture capital principles to the social sector. Her past business roles have included Head of Institutional Support at Save the Children, Assistant Vice President, Private Equity and Venture Capital at BancBoston Capital, Inc. and roles at Goldman, Sachs & Co. (New York) and Citibank, N.A. (Brazil).

Daniela is also on the advisory board or a trustee of a number of non-listed, social sector organisations in the UK and Brazil. She has a BSc in Economics from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Geoff Unwin, Chairman of Halma, commenting on the appointment:

"I am delighted to announce that Daniela Barone Soares has agreed to join the Halma Board.

"The Board continually keeps the appropriateness of its composition under review particularly in terms of relevant experience and diversity in its widest sense. Daniela's experience demonstrates this commitment threefold – geographically, in terms of gender and by way of executive experience. Daniela will certainly add to the Board's debate on value creation with her unique perspective.

Note: There are no further details to disclose pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13.

For further information, please contact:

Halma p.l.c.
Andrew Williams, Chief Executive, Tel: +44 (0)1494 721111

MHP Communications
Rachel Hirst/Andrew Jaques, Tel: +44 (0)20 3128 8100

Notes to editor

Halma develops and markets products used worldwide to protect life and improve the quality of life. The Group comprises three business sectors:

  • Health and Analysis
    Products used to improve personal and public health. We develop technologies for analysis in safety, life sciences and environmental markets.
  • Infrastructure Sensors
    Products which detect hazards to protect assets and people in public and commercial buildings.
  • Industrial Safety
    Products which protect assets and people at work.

The key characteristics of Halma's businesses are that they are based on advanced technology and offer strong growth potential. Many Group businesses are clear market leaders in their specialist field and, in a number of cases, are the dominant world supplier.

Impetus Trust (www.impetus.org.uk) works to break the cycle of poverty by investing in ambitious charities and social enterprises that fight economic disadvantage. It uses a highly effective venture philanthropy model to accelerate the growth of carefully selected organisations so they can help more economically disadvantaged people to gain education, skills and jobs.

Organisations backed by Impetus Trust are helping more than 250,000 people to escape the cycle of poverty.

In April 2011, Impetus, together with education charity The Sutton Trust, was chosen to manage the £125 million Education Endowment Foundation, backed by the Department for Education, to raise educational attainment of disadvantaged children in England.

More information about how Impetus works with the charities and social enterprises in its portfolio, and the impact it is having, may be viewed on its website:

http://www.impetus.org.uk/what's-special-about-impetus/our-innovative-approach/.