As an AIM listed company, Gfinity plc is not obliged to comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code published in September 2012 (the “Code”). However, the Board follows, as far as practicable, the recommendations on corporate governance of the Quoted Companies Alliance for companies with shares traded on AIM.
The Board normally meets at least 10 times per year in person. Its direct responsibilities include setting annual budgets, reviewing trading performance, approving significant capital expenditure, ensuring adequate funding, setting and monitoring strategy and reporting to shareholders. The Non-Executive Directors have a particular responsibility to ensure that the strategies proposed by the Executive Directors are fully considered.
The Company’s Audit Committee is chaired by Tony Collyer (Non-Executive Chairman). The Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing the half-year and annual financial statements, interim management statements, preliminary results announcements and any other formal announcement or presentation relating to the Company’s financial performance. The Audit Committee also reviews significant financial returns to regulators and any financial information covered in certain other documents such as announcements of a price sensitive nature.
The Audit Committee advises the Board on the appointment of external auditors and on their remuneration (both for audit and non-audit work) and discusses the nature, scope and results of the audit with the auditors. The Audit Committee reviews the extent of the non-audit services provided by the auditors and reviews with them their independence and objectivity. The Chairman of the Audit Committee reports the outcome of Audit Committee meetings to the Board and the Board receives minutes of the meetings.
The Company’s Remuneration Committee is chaired by Tony Collyer (Non-executive Chairman). The committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Board, within agreed terms of reference, on the Company’s framework of executive remuneration and its cost. The committee determines the contract terms, remuneration and other benefits for each of the Executive Directors, including performance related bonus schemes and pension rights.
Following the restructuring of the board, announced on 23rd November 2017, matters relating to both Audit Committee and Remuneration Committees are considered by a group comprising all Non-Executive Directors.
UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers
As an AIM traded UK registered company, Gfinity plc is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers legislation.