12 April 2012

Baroness Virginia Bottomley joins Smith & Nephew as Non-Executive Director

Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, today announces that Baroness Virginia Bottomley of Nettlestone will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director following the conclusion of today's Annual General Meeting.

Baroness Bottomley is a Director of International Resources Group Ltd, trading as Odgers Berndtson, where she chairs the Board and CEO practice. She is also a Non-Executive Director of BUPA, a member of the Supervisory Board of Akzo Nobel NV (retiring 1 May 2012) and Member of the International Advisory Board of Chugai Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.

In addition, she is Chancellor of the University of Hull, Pro Chancellor of the University of Surrey, a Governor of the London School of Economics and a Trustee of The Economist Newspaper. She was appointed a Life Peer in 2005 following her career as a Member of Parliament (1984 to 2005) and served successively as Secretary of State for Health and then for National Heritage.

Sir John Buchanan, Chairman of Smith & Nephew, commented:

“Virginia's outstanding talents have enabled her to forge a successful career across both the private and public sectors and I am delighted that we will now benefit from her wealth of experience and obvious enthusiasm for joining Smith & Nephew.”

Other than details of the directorships disclosed above, Baroness Bottomley has no further disclosures under paragraph 9.6.13 (1) to 9.6.13 (6) of the Listing Rules.

She has advised the Company that she and her immediate family have 17,500 shares in Smith & Nephew.



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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine, Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Smith & Nephew has almost 11,000 employees and a presence in more than 90 countries. Annual sales in 2011 were nearly $4.3 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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