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Anthony Simmonds BA(Hons) MA FCA FCCA
Nicholas Thompson BSc(Hons) MBA ACMA
Beverley Wright BA(Hons) FCA
Robert Fry BA(Hons) DipArch MA RIBA Int’l AIA
The UK Corporate Governance Code issued in April 2016 by the Financial Reporting Council sets out standards of good practice in relation to board leadership and effectiveness, remuneration, accountability and relations with shareholders.
Although under the rules of the Alternative Investment Market, the Company is not required to comply with the Code nor state any areas with which it does not comply, the Board has sought to take into account the provisions of the Code in so far as it considers them to be appropriate and practicable for a company of this size. In doing this the Board has considered the Corporate Governance Guidelines for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies published by the Quoted Companies Alliance.
Board of Directors
The Group is headed by a Board of Directors which leads and controls the Group and which is accountable to shareholders for good corporate governance of the Group.
The Board currently comprises four executive directors and two independent non-executive directors who bring a wide range of experience and skills to the Company.
The Board considers Anthony Simmonds and John Bullough to be independent non-executive directors.
The Board meets regularly to determine the policy and business strategy of the Group and has adopted a schedule of matters that are reserved as responsibilities of the Board. The Board has delegated certain authorities to Board committees, each with formal terms of reference.
The main role and responsibility of the Audit Committee is to monitor the integrity of the information published by the Group about its financial performance and position. It does this keeping under review the adequacy and effectiveness of the internal financial controls and by reviewing and challenging the selection and application of important accounting policies, the key judgements and estimates made in the preparation of the financial information and the adequacy of the accompanying narrative reporting.
The Audit Committee is also responsible for overseeing the relationship with the external auditor which includes considering its selection, independence, terms of engagement, remuneration and performance. A formal statement of independence is received from the external auditor each year.
It meets at least twice a year with the external auditor to discuss audit planning and the audit findings, with certain executive directors attending by invitation. If appropriate, the external auditor attends part of each committee meeting without the presence of any executive directors.
The Audit Committee currently comprises Anthony Simmonds, as Chairman, and John Bullough and they report to the Board on matters discussed at the Committee meetings.
The Remuneration Committee convenes not less than twice a year, ordinarily on a six monthly basis, and during the year it met on three occasions. The Committee comprises Anthony Simmonds and John Bullough, with John Bullough as Chairman. It is responsible for determining remuneration policy and all aspects of the Executive Directors’ remuneration and incentive packages including pension arrangements, bonus provisions, discretionary share options, relevant performance targets and the broader terms and conditions of their service contracts.
In fulfilling its duties the Committee initiates research as appropriate into market remuneration comparables, appointing third party advisors as required. In liaison with the Nomination Committee it has regard to succession planning and makes recommendations to the Board in relation to proposed remuneration packages for any proposed new Executive and Non-executive appointments.
Where appropriate the Committee consults the Chief Executive Officer regarding its proposals. No Director plays a part in any discussion regarding his or her own remuneration.
The Nomination Committee is responsible for keeping under regular review the size, structure and composition (including the skills, knowledge, experience and diversity) of the Board. This includes considering succession planning for the senior management of the Group, taking into account the skills and expertise expected to be needed in the future.
It is responsible for nominating new candidates for the Board, for which selection criteria are agreed in advance of any new appointment.
The Nomination Committee is chaired by Anthony Simmonds with the other members being Nicholas Thompson and John Bullough.
Internal Controls and Risk Committee
The Directors acknowledge that they are responsible for the Group’s system of internal controls and for reviewing its effectiveness (excluding joint ventures and associate). The Directors, supported by the Risk Committee, review all controls including operational, compliance and risk management, as well as financial controls. Risk management and internal control are considered by the Directors at Board meetings. Any such system of internal control is designed to manage risk and can only provide reasonable and not absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss.
The Internal Controls and Risk Committee is chaired by Anthony Simmonds. Nicholas Thompson and Beverley Wright are also members.