WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                        Report of Foreign Private Issuer

                        Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
                     of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                               September 23, 2003

                        Commission File Number 001-14978

                               SMITH & NEPHEW plc
                               (Registrant's name)

                                 15 Adam Street
                            London, England WC2N 6LA
              (Address of registrant's principal executive offices)

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     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                            Smith & Nephew plc

Date: September 23, 2003               By:  /s/ Paul Chambers
                                            Paul Chambers
                                            Company Secretary


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22 September 2003

Smith & Nephew plc today announces the appointment of Jim Taylor as President of
its Endoscopy business.

Mr Taylor, 47, joined Smith & Nephew in 2000 as a Group Director responsible for
25 country markets for the Orthopaedics, Endoscopy and Wound Management
businesses. He is a current member of the Smith & Nephew Group Executive

Mr Taylor, who will be based at Endoscopy Division headquarters in Andover,
Massachusetts, has wide executive experience in the medical devices arena and a
strong background in global business operations. His experience encompasses
several roles at DePuy, including President of DePuy International, as well as
positions in the automotive industry.

He replaces former divisional president Ron Sparks, who left the company earlier
this month to take over as Chief Executive Officer of UTI Corporation in

Smith & Nephew Chief Executive Chris O'Donnell said "Jim Taylor has consistently
shown leadership and strong results in building Smith & Nephew's international
business. He understands the Endoscopy sector well and I have every confidence
that he will be a strong leader for this business."


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