Director responsibility and committees

The Board is responsible for creating value for shareholders, determining strategy, investment and acquisition policy, approving significant items of expenditure and consideration of significant financing and legal matters. The Group is currently led and controlled by a Board consisting of three Executive Directors and four Non-executive Directors. The Board considers that the Non-executive Directors are independent and that each has specific expertise and experience, materially enhancing knowledge, judgement and overall performance of the Board

Audit Committee

The Company’s Audit Committee members comprise of Duncan Neale (Chairman), Gary Bullard, Monika Biddulph and Gerry Agnew. The Committee meets formally twice a year, on dates linked to the Company’s financial calendar, and at any other time when it has been appropriate to discuss audit, accounting or control issues. The Committee’s principal responsibilities are:

  • To monitor the integrity of the financial statements of the Company
  • To monitor the preparation of the management accounts
  • To review the annual and interim financial statements to ensure that they present a balanced assessment of the Company’s position
  • To review accounting policies and confer with the external Auditor for guidance
  • To review with the executive management and the Company’s external Auditor the effectiveness of internal controls
  • To review with the Company’s external Auditor the scope and results of their audit
  • To oversee the relationship with the external Auditor

The external Auditor attends meetings of the Committee except when their appointment or performance is being reviewed. Executive Directors attend as and when appropriate.

Remuneration Committee

The Committee reviews the performance of the Executive Directors and sets the scale and structure of their remuneration and the basis of their service agreements. In determining remuneration, the Committee seeks to enable the Company to attract and retain Executives of the highest calibre. In doing so, the Committee takes advice as appropriate from external advisers on executive remuneration. The Committee also makes recommendations to the Board concerning employee incentive schemes. No Directors participate in discussions or decisions concerning their own remuneration. This Committee is also responsible for nominating candidates, for the approval of the Board, to fill either Executive or Non-Executive vacancies or additional appointments to the Board.