OUR APPROACH TO CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
We are committed to supporting high standards of corporate governance and to a strong ethical corporate culture.
We ensure our culture is consistent with our strategic objectives and business model through; encouraging equal opportunities, investment in training and development, regular communication with employees and appropriate induction for new employees. We monitor and assess our culture through an externally-managed employee engagement survey.
The Remuneration Committee is required to comprise a minimum of two independent non-executive directors. The Remuneration Committee comprises three independent non-executive directors of the Company. The members of the Committee are:
- Jill Little (Chair);
- Ian Filby and
- David Stead.
The Committee meets at least once per year and agrees on further meetings at its discretion. The Chairman of the Committee has the power to call a meeting.
The Chairman of the Committee is appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the nomination committee. The quorum for the Committee is two and in the absence of the Chairman, the other members present shall choose one of them to chair the meeting. The Company Secretary is the secretary of the Committee.
The duties of the Committee are to:
- Determine and agree with the Board the framework or broad policy for the remuneration of the chairman, executive directors and any employees that the Board delegates to it;
- within the terms of the agreed policy, determine individual remuneration packages including bonuses, incentive payments, share options, pension arrangements and any other benefits;
- determine the contractual terms on termination and individual termination payments, ensuring that the duty of the individual to mitigate loss is fully recognised;
- in determining individual packages and arrangements, give due regard to the comments and recommendations of the QCA Corporate Governance Code and the AIM Rules for Companies;
- be told of and be given the chance to advise on any major changes in employee benefit structures in the Company;
- recommend and monitor the level and structure of remuneration for senior managers below Board level as determined;
- agree on the policy for authorising claims for expenses from the Chief Executive Officer and from the Chairman of the Board; and
- recommend an annual report for the board to put to shareholders on executive remuneration compliant with relevant legal and regulatory provisions.
The Committee is authorised by the Board to:
- seek any information it requires from any employee of the Company in order to perform its duties;
- be responsible for establishing the selection criteria and then for selecting, appointing and setting the terms of reference for any remuneration consultants providing advice to the Committee, at Company’s expense; and
- obtain, at the Company’s expense, outside legal or other professional advice where necessary in the course of its activities.
View our Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference here.
The Group employs rigorous procedures to ensure the continued independence of the external auditor.
The Audit Committee reviews each year the arrangements for safeguarding auditor objectivity and independence. The Audit Committee is required to comprise at least two members, all of whom must be non-executive directors.
The members of the Audit Committee are:
- David Stead (Chair)—Chartered Accountant (ICAEW);
- Ian Filby; and
- Jill Little.
The Audit Committee reviews the scope, results and cost-effectiveness of internal and external audit, and has delegated power from the Board to exercise the power from shareholders to agree on fees for external auditors. The Audit Committee is responsible for satisfying itself on the independence of internal auditors and on the independence and objectivity of external auditors. The Committee reviews the operation of internal controls and, from the coming year, will report to the Board on the annual review of the internal control and risk management.
View our Audit Committee Terms of Reference here.
The Nomination Committee is required to comprise at least two members, one of which must be a non-executive director. The Nomination Committee comprises the following members:
- Ian Filby (Chair);
- David Stead; and
- Jill Little.
A majority of Nomination Committee members are independent non-executive directors.
The function of the Nomination Committee is to provide a formal, rigorous and transparent procedure for the appointment of new directors to the Board. In carrying out its duties, the Nomination Committee is
primarily responsible for:
- identifying and nominating candidates to fill board vacancies;
- evaluating the structure and composition of the board with regard to the balance of skills,
- knowledge and experience and making recommendations accordingly;
- reviewing the time requirements of non-executive directors;
- giving full consideration to succession planning; and
- reviewing the leadership of the Group.
View our Nomination Committee Terms of Reference here.