The Directors have chosen to comply with the QCA Corporate Governance Code for Small and Mid-Size companies which has become a widely recognised benchmark for corporate governance of smaller quoted companies, particularly AIM companies. In accordance with Rule 26 of the AIM Rules for Companies, details of how the Company complies with the QCA Code are provided by following this link.
The Board meets at least ten times a year to review, formulate and approve the Company’s strategy, budgets, corporate actions and oversee the Company’s progress towards its goals.
It has established an audit committee and a remuneration committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities and with written terms of reference. From time to time, separate committees may be set up by the Board to consider specific issues when the need arises.
Board and committee independence
The Board consists of three independent non-executive directors (including the Chairman) and two executive directors. The Company regards the non-executive directors as “independent non-executive directors” within the meaning of the UK Corporate Governance Code and free from any relationship that could materially interfere with the exercise of their independent judgement.
The Audit Committee is chaired by Charles Cattaneo and its other members are Ian Griffiths and Philip Johnston. Mark Hodgkins will be invited to attend as appropriate. The Audit Committee is expected to meet formally at least four times a year and otherwise as required. It will have the responsibility for ensuring that the financial performance of the Company is properly reported on and reviewed and its role includes monitoring the integrity of the financial statements of the Company (including annual and interim accounts and results announcements), reviewing internal control and risk management systems, reviewing any changes to accounting policies, reviewing and monitoring the extent of the non-audit services undertaken by external auditors and advising on the appointment of external auditors.
The Remuneration Committee is chaired by Susan McErlain and its other members are Ian Griffiths and Mark Hodgkins. The Remuneration Committee is expected to meet at least twice each year. It will have responsibility for determining, within the agreed terms of reference, the Company’s policy on the remuneration packages of the Company’s chairman, the executive Directors, senior managers and such other members of the executive management as it is designated to consider. The Remuneration Committee will also have responsibility for determining (within the terms of the Company’s policy and in consultation with the chairman of the Board and/or the chief executive officer) the total individual remuneration package for each executive director and other designated senior executives (including bonuses, incentive payments and share options or other share awards). The remuneration of non-executive directors will be a matter for the chairman and executive directors of the Board. No director or manager will be allowed to partake in any discussions as to their own remuneration. In addition, the Remuneration Committee will have the responsibility for reviewing the structure, size and composition (including the skills, knowledge and experience) of the Board and giving full consideration to succession planning. It will also have responsibility for recommending new appointments to the Board.
The Nomination Committee is chaired by Charles Cattaneo and its other members are Ian Griffiths and Philip Johnston. The nomination committee is responsible for considering and making recommendations to the Board in respect of appointments to the Board, the Board committees and the chairmanship of the Board committees. It is also responsible for keeping the structure, size and composition of the Board under regular review, and for making recommendations to the Board with regard to any changes necessary, taking into account the skills and expertise that will be needed on the Board in the future. The nomination committee will meet at least twice a year.
Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy
The Company has a robust anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy which applies to the Board, all employees of the Company and persons associated with the Company (such as consultants, contractors or agency staff); requiring them to observe and uphold a zero tolerance position on bribery and corruption, as well as providing guidance on how to recognise and deal with bribery and corruption issues and their potential consequences, while preserving acceptable boundaries of corporate hospitality and entertainment. The Company expects all employees and persons associated with the Company to conduct their day-to-day business activities in a fair, honest and ethical manner, be aware of and refer to this policy in all of their business activities worldwide and to conduct business on the Company’s behalf in compliance with it. Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring that those reporting to them, internally and externally, are made aware of and understand this policy.
Share Dealing Policy
The Company has adopted, with effect from Admission, a share dealing policy regulating trading and confidentiality of inside information for the Directors and other persons discharging managerial responsibilities (and their persons closely associated) which contains provisions appropriate for a company whose shares are admitted to trading on AIM (particularly relating to dealing during closed periods which will be in line with the MAR). The Company will take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance by the Directors and any relevant employees with the terms of that share dealing policy