The Company is committed to the principles contained in the 2012 UK Corporate Governance Code issued by the Financial Reporting Council and for which the Board is accountable to shareholders.
The Board’s role is to provide entrepreneurial leadership and develop strategy, values and standards while maintaining prudent and effective controls to assess and manage risk. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the Company meets its obligations to stakeholders and has adequate resources to meet its strategic objectives.
The roles of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer are separated and their responsibilities are clearly established, set out in writing and agreed by the Board.The Chairman and the Chief Executive collectively are responsible for the leadership of the Company.
The Chairman is responsible for the leadership of the Board, ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role and setting its agenda.
The Chief Executive is responsible for leading the executives and ensuring their effectiveness in the running of the Company’s business and implementing strategy and policy.
Together they are responsible for promoting the highest standards of integrity and probity.
Executive Directors are responsible for implementing the Board’s agreed strategy through the development of an appropriate business plan and for executing actions approved by the Board in accordance with relevant authorities. The division of responsibilities between the Executive Directors is set by the Board.
The Executive Directors provide the leadership of the senior managers in the day-to-day running of the Group’s business and manage the Group’s risk programmes including the environmental, health, safety and social performance of the business. They must ensure the Company has adequate financial and human resources to meet its objectives. They are responsible for reporting the performance and strategic direction of the Group to the Board and for providing accurate, timely and clear information to enable the Board to make sound decisions.
The Non-Executive Directors, who undertake a supervisory role, contribute to the development of strategic proposals through constructive probing based on review and analysis that brings to bear the particular skills, experience and knowledge each brings to the Board. The Non-Executive Directors review management’s performance and ensure that the systems in place provide adequate and effective financial, operational and compliance controls and risk management. They must be satisfied that they have sufficient information for the discharge of their duties, which may be achieved through dialogue with management, training where appropriate to update their knowledge or skills and consultation with independent professional advisors as required.
The Company Secretary, who is appointed by the Board, is responsible for facilitating the communications and processes of the Board, both within the Board and its committees and with management, in compliance with Board procedures and governance guidelines.
The Secretary facilitates an induction programme for new Directors on appointment, which is tailored to the new Director’s individual qualifi cations and experience.
The Secretary provides advice and service as may be required in the ongoing discharge of the Directors’ duties, including ensuring that the Company provides the necessary resources for access to independent advice and any individual professional training and development needs agreed with each Director.
Additionally, briefing sessions are provided in the course of regular Board meetings and Committee meetings on relevant issues as deemed appropriate, including in relation to corporate governance and social responsibility as well as new and evolving statutory and other compliance matters