The Directors recognise the value of the UK Corporate Governance Code and have taken appropriate measures to ensure the Company will comply, so far as is possible given the Company’s size and nature of business.
The only areas of non-compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code are that the Company’s succession policy allows for a tenure of longer than nine years, in line with the AIC Code, and there is no chief executive position within the Company, which is not in accordance with provision 9 of the Corporate Governance Code. As an investment company, the Company has no employees and therefore no requirement for a chief executive.
The Board will hold at least four meetings each year and all necessary information will be supplied to the Directors on a timely basis to enable them to discharge their duties effectively. Additionally, special meetings will take place or other arrangements will be made when Board decisions are required in advance of regular meetings. Certain matters are reserved for consideration by the Board (with other matters delegated to Board committees).
The Board is responsible for leading and controlling the Company and in particular for formulating, reviewing and approving the Company’s strategy, budget, major items of capital expenditure and acquisitions and disposals in line with the Company’s investment strategy.
The Board has established an Audit and Risk Committee and ESG Committees (to meet at least three times a year) and Management Engagement, Nominations and Remuneration Committees (to meet at least once a year), each composed of Independent Non-Executive Directors, with Ian Mattioli also sitting on the Nominations Committee.
A Company Secretary has been engaged to assist in the management of the corporate governance process.