- Social housing and care sector services provider Mears Group said it had appointed Kieran Murphy as its new chairman.

Murphy would assume the position on 2 January, replacing Bob Halt, who had announced in July has intention to stand down.

Murphy previously held senior positions at merchant bank Kleinwort Benson and corporate finance advisory group Gleacher Shacklock.

At 8:14am: [LON:MER] Mears Group PLC share price was -4.5p at 304.5p

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