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Barclays Board changes

Sir Michael Rake has been appointed to the Boards of Barclays PLC and Barclays Bank PLC as a non‑executive Director, with effect from 1 January 2008. He will also become a member of the Board Audit Committee. Sir Michael is the former Chairman of KPMG International and is currently Chairman of BT Group PLC. He has been Chairman of Business in the Community for the last three years and is Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Patience Wheatcroft has been appointed to the Boards of Barclays PLC and Barclays Bank PLC as a non‑executive Director, with effect from 1 January 2008. An established financial journalist and national newspaper editor, Patience is a former Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and was Business and City Editor of The Times between 1997-2006. She has been a member of the UK‑India Round Table, a government-to-government sponsored organisation that aims to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, since 2004. Dr Danie Cronjé, non-executive Director, has advised Barclays that he does not intend to seek re-election at the 2008 Annual General Meeting. Dr Cronjé will therefore leave the Boards at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in April 2008. Marcus Agius, Barclays Chairman, said today, “I am delighted that Sir Michael Rake and Patience Wheatcroft will be joining the Barclays Boards. Each of them brings a diverse wealth of experience and their appointments strengthen further the independent, non-executive presence on our Boards.” There are no further details that are required to be disclosed in respect of the appointments under LR 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.