Committees of the Board

The following committees deal with specific aspects of the Group's affairs:

Audit and risk committee

The audit committee is chaired by Nicholas Taylor with John Booth and Annette Nabavi being the other members. Eddie Buxton and Mark Townsend attend meetings as appropriate, as do the external auditors.

The remit of the committee is to:

  • Consider the continued appointment of the external auditors, and their fees, terms of engagement and independence, including the appointment of the auditors to undertake non-audit work.
  • Monitor the nature and extent of non-audit work undertaken by the auditors, including reviewing the letter of independence provided by the auditors annually which includes details of audit and non-audit work undertaken.
  • Liaise with the external auditors in relation to the nature and scope of the audit.
  • Review the form and content of the financial statements and any other financial announcements issued by the Company.
  • Review any comments and recommendations received from the external auditors.
  • Review the Company's statements on internal control systems and the policies and process for identifying and assessing business risks and the management of those risks by the Company; review annually the Company's risk policy statement and risk appetite statement.
  • Review annually the Company’s insurance covers

The audit committee convenes at least twice a year.

The board is satisfied that Nicholas Taylor has adequate recent and relevant commercial and financial knowledge and experience to chair the committee; it also considers that Annette Nabavi has such knowledge and experience.  

Remuneration committee

The remuneration committee is chaired by Annette Nabavi, its other members being John Booth and Nicholas Taylor. The committee meets at least once a year. The committee's report to shareholders on directors' remuneration is set out on page 29 of the 2017 Annual Report, and describes the remit of the committees.

Nomination committee

The nomination committee has three members, all non-executive, and is comprised of John Booth, chairman, Nicholas Taylor and Annette Nabavi. The committee meets at least once a year and otherwise as required under the terms of its remit.

The committee's remit includes:

  • Reviewing the structure, size, effectiveness and composition of the board.
  • Identifying and nominating suitable candidates to fill vacancies on the board.

The full terms of reference of each of the committees are available from the Company secretary.