8 June, 2007

Directorate Change

Ashtead Group PLC announces the appointment of Bruce Edwards as an independent non-executive director effective 8 June 2007.

Mr. Edwards is currently the Global Chief Executive Officer for Exel Supply Chain for Deutsche Post World Net, following its acquisition of Exel PLC in December of 2005. Prior to the acquisition Mr. Edwards was a director of Exel PLC and Chief Executive of its Americas businesses. Mr. Edwards is also a non-executive director of Greif Inc, a NYSE-listed packaging and container manufacturer. He is an American citizen and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

The Company confirms that there are no other disclosures required under the Listing Rules in respect of Bruce Edwards.