Raúl Curiel

BA(Hons) MArch Non-executive Chairman

Nicholas Thompson

BSc(Hons) MBA Chief Executive Officer

Antony Barkwith

FCA MPhys(Hons) Group Finance Director

Robert Fry

BA(Hons) DipArch MA RIBA Executive Director

Clive Carver

FCA FCT Non-executive Director

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 three executive directors and two independent non-executive directors who bring a wide range of experience and skills to the Company.

The Board considers Raúl Curiel and Clive Carver 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.

Audit Committee

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 Clive Carver and Raúl Curiel as Chairman. They report to the Board on matters discussed at the Committee meetings.

Remuneration Committee

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 Clive Carver and Raúl Curiel 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.

 

Nomination Committee

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 Raúl Curiel with the other members being Nicholas Thompson and Clive Carver.

AIM Rule 26

Our adoption of the QCA Code with regard to compliance with AIM Rule 26 may be found here.