The Weir Group PLC : Directorate change

                   The Weir Group PLC : Directorate change

The Weir Group PLC

1 May 2013

            Lord Smith to step down as Chairman of The Weir Group

The Weir Group  PLC ("Weir") today  announces that Lord  Smith of Kelvin  will 
step down as Chairman, and from the Board, with effect from 31 December  2013. 
Lord Smith has been in the role since 1 July 2002.

The Board is pleased  to announce the appointment  of Charles Berry as  Deputy 
Chairman, with immediate effect. Charles Berry will take over as Chairman from
1 January 2014. Mr Berry joined the Weir Board on 1 March 2013.

Lord Smith of  Kelvin said,  "It has  been a  privilege to  serve as  Chairman 
during such a momentous  and exciting time for  the company. The business  has 
been transformed under  the leadership  of two  outstanding Chief  Executives, 
Mark Selway and Keith  Cochrane. Weir today is  a focused and  high-performing 
Group, with an enviable track record of growth and a clear sense of its future

The Board, which was  led in the  process of choosing  my successor by  Senior 
Independent Director Lord  Robertson, unanimously views  Charles Berry as  the 
best choice  for  Chairman.  Charles has  decades  of  international  business 
experience and a strong understanding of Weir's end markets. He also has  Weir 
in his blood;  his father  worked for  the business  for much  of his  career. 
Charles will be a great addition  to the experienced team, leading the  future 
growth of the Group. We are delighted  to welcome Charles in his new role  and 
look forward to continuing to work closely with him."

Paying tribute to  Lord Smith,  Keith Cochrane, Chief  Executive, said,  "Lord 
Smith has contributed enormously to the growth of Weir during his time and has
provided me with valuable guidance  and constructive challenge. The degree  of 
positive change achieved  across our business  in the last  decade could  only 
have  been  possible  with  the  support  of  the  Board  under  Lord  Smith's 

Charles Berry said, "I look forward to taking on the roles of Deputy  Chairman 
and then Chairman, supporting Keith and the executive management team as  they 
continue to successfully grow this impressive business. Lord Smith has been an
outstanding Chairman of Weir and the opportunity to work alongside him for the
remainder of his tenure will be invaluable."

Contact details: The Weir Group PLC
Andrew Neilson, Head of Group Corporate  Affairs Tel: + 44 141 308 3750
& Strategy
Jonathan Milne, Group Communications             Tel: + 44 141 308 3781/ + 44
                                                 7713 789536
Brunswick Group                                  Tel: + 44 207 404 5959
Patrick Handley/Will Carnwath

About The Weir Group PLC

Weir, a  FTSE  100 company  founded  in  1871 and  headquartered  in  Glasgow, 
Scotland, is a global provider of  engineering solutions to the minerals,  oil 
and gas and power sectors. Our commitment to engineering excellence,  research 
and customer focus extends equipment  wear life and operational capability  in 
some of the world's most challenging environments.

Weir is committed to going where our customers go, with a worldwide network of
around 200 manufacturing facilities  and service centres.  The business has  a 
presence in more than  70 countries, with over  14,000 staff around the  world 
working in three divisions; Minerals, Oil & Gas and Power & Industrial. Weir's
customer base includes the world's  largest mining houses, major oil  services 
businesses and nuclear and conventional power generation companies.

Annual revenues were more than £2.5 billion  in 2012, of which more than  half 
came from the provision of services and aftermarket support. Emerging  markets 
contributed around forty percent of overall Group revenues.

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