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* IT Services champion to lead corporate growth


Leading IT Services and Solutions provider Deverill has announced the appointment of Richard Ashmore as managing director.


Richard Ashmore brings with him 24 years experience in the IT sector, including building and developing successful IT Services businesses. His last role before joining Deverill was as a consultant developing business for Hewlett Packard and Aspective.


Before that he was for three years managing director, UK Enterprise Management Services, of SHL (now part of EDS). From 1994 to 1995, he was Data Centre Director of PCL, responsible for two outsourcing Data Centres delivering mainframe-based services 24x7.


Previously, Richard worked for 14 years with Hallmark Cards, for seven years as IT Manager responsible for the provision and development of mainframe and PC business systems for the Hallmark Group of companies.


According to Joel Jervis, chief executive of Deverill's parent company, CTG, 'Richard has a first rate track record in IT Services and a unique understanding of our target market. So, we are elated that we have managed to persuade him to join Deverill to help us take the business to its next crucial stage of development.'


According to Richard Ashmore, ' Deverill has grown rapidly over the past two years and has an equally ambitious programme of growth for the future. We have talented and experienced staff at Deverill who set the company apart from its competitors. My task is to focus that talent and expand its reach through the important new services and solutions technologies that we offer.'


Richard Ashmore takes up his appointment immediately.


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About Deverill


Deverill (http://www.deverill.co.uk) is a leading provider of integrated IT solutions and services to public and private enterprises throughout the UK. Established in 1979, Deverill is based in Poole, Dorset, with offices in Coventry, Southampton and London. The company is ISO9001 Approved.


Deverill supplies and supports solutions and services to major blue chip customers and the health and government sectors, including PowerGen, Quaker Oats, Age Concern, Siemens, ICO, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Department of Transport.


The company has strategic alliances with leading suppliers in the IT market place, including Microsoft, Compaq, IBM, Computer Associates, Cisco, Citrix and Veritas. In addition Deverill offers front and back office solutions from Microsoft Great Plains as well as in-house developed business automation solutions.


Through its four divisions, Deverill provides a comprehensive range of professional services, from software development to project management and facilities management to security consultancy. To complement its solutions and services, Deverill also delivers a broad range of end-user application, technical IT and professional skills training as well as individual and organisation-wide training needs analysis and consultancy.


Deverill is a central member of Cairnsford Technology Group (CTG) which has grown rapidly, both organically and by acquisition, since its formation two years ago. With group annual revenues of £25 million, CTG is on target to meet its objective of £50 million capitalisation by 2002.


For further information, please contact:


Tony Kingston
Marketing Manager, Deverill
Tel: +44 (01202) 785 000
Email: tony.kingston@deverill.co.uk



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Jacqui Green
JGM Marketing & PR
Tel: +44 (0208) 464 6462
email: jacqui@JGMPR.com



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