The Directors recognise the importance of sound corporate governance and confirm that, following Admission, they intend to comply with the QCA Code, (as devised by the QCA in consultation with a number of significant institutional small company investors). The Directors also confirm that, although compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code is not compulsory for AIM companies, they intend to comply with the recommendations of the UK Corporate Governance Code where practicable, having regard to the current stage of development of the Company. Following Admission, the Board will comprise six Directors of which three are executives and three are non-executives, reflecting a blend of different experience and backgrounds. The Board considers two of the non-executives to be independent. The Company intends to appoint one further independent Non-Executive Director with appropriate knowledge and skills as soon as practicably possible following Admission and in any event within six months from Admission.
Following Admission, the Board will meet regularly to review, formulate and approve the Group’s strategy, budgets, and corporate actions and oversee the Group’s progress towards its goals. In accordance with the best practice, the Company has established Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees with formally delegated duties and responsibilities and with written terms of reference. Each of these committees will meet as and when appropriate, but at least twice each year. From time to time separate committees may be set up by the Board to consider specific issues when the need arises.
The Audit Committee will assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities, within agreed terms of reference, with regard to corporate governance, financial reporting and external and internal audits and controls, including, amongst other things, reviewing the Group’s annual financial statements, reviewing and monitoring the extent of the non-audit services undertaken by external auditors, advising on the appointment of external auditors and reviewing the effectiveness of the Group’s internal controls and risk management systems. The ultimate responsibility for reviewing and approving the annual report and accounts and the half yearly reports remains with the Board. Membership of the Audit Committee compromises David Evans, William Rhodes and Sergio Oliveró, and it is chaired by David Evans. The Audit Committee will meet formally not less than two times every year and otherwise as required.
The Remuneration Committee is responsible, within agreed terms of reference, for establishing a formal and transparent procedure for developing policy on executive remuneration and to set the remuneration packages of individual Executive Directors. This includes agreeing with the Board the framework for remuneration of the Executive Directors, the company secretary and such other members of the executive management of the Group as it is designated to consider. It is furthermore responsible for determining the total individual remuneration packages of each Executive Director including, where appropriate, bonuses, incentive payments and share options. No Director may be involved in any decision as to their own remuneration. The membership of the Remuneration Committee comprises William Rhodes, who chairs the committee, and David Evans and Sergio Oliveró. The Remuneration Committee will meet not less than twice a year and at such other times as the chairman of the committee shall require.
The Nomination Committee will have responsibility for reviewing the structure, size and composition of the Board and recommending to the Board any changes required for succession planning and for identifying and nominating (for approval of the Board) candidates to fill vacancies as and when they arise. The Nomination Committee is also responsible for reviewing the results of the Board performance evaluation process and making recommendations to the Board concerning suitable candidates for the role of senior independent director and the membership of the Board’s committees and the re-election of Directors at the annual general meeting. There is not currently a separate nominations committee as all decisions relating to the identification and nomination of Board positions are taken by the entire Board. The membership of the Nomination Committee comprises William Rhodes, who chairs the committee, David Evans and Sergio Oliveró.
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