- Gas and power utility Centrica said chairman Charles Berry was taking a leave of absence due to an unanticipated medical condition.

'We wish him well and expect him to return to his duties shortly,' Centrica said.

Non-executive director Scott Wheway would act as interim chairman.

Berry was also chairman of engineering company Weir, which said it had appointed senior director Barbara Jeremiah as interim chairman. At 2:15pm: [LON:CNA] Centrica PLC share price was +1.22p at 83.34p

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