Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

The ability of Arbuthnot to adapt and grow has come from managing the business through seven key principles developed over time.

Open and Accountable

The Board endorses the principles of openness, integrity and accountability which underlie good corporate governance and takes into account the provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code in so far as they are considered appropriate to its size and circumstances. Additionally, the Group's subsidiary, Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited is authorised to undertake regulated business under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.  Accordingly, the Group operates to the high standards of corporate accountability and regulatory compliance appropriate for such business.

The Board

The Board meets regularly throughout the year, holding six formal meetings during the year as well as a two-day strategy meeting. Substantive agenda items have briefing papers, which are circulated in a timely manner before each meeting. The Board is satisfied that it is supplied with all the information that it requires and requests, in a form and of a quality to enable it to fulfil its duties.

In addition to determining and overseeing the implementation of the strategy and management of the Company and of the Group, the Board has determined certain items which are reserved for decision by itself. These matters include the acquisition and disposal of other than minor businesses, the issue of capital by any Group company,monitoring overall regulatory requirements of its subsidiary companies, and their adherence thereto, and any transaction by a subsidiary company that cannot be made within its own resources, or that is not in the normal course of its business.

The Company Secretary is responsible for ensuring that Board processes and procedures are appropriately followed and support effective decision making. All directors have access to the Company Secretary's advice and services and there is an agreed procedure for directors to obtain independent professional advice in the course of their duties, if necessary, at the Company's expense.

All directors receive induction training upon joining the Board, with individual AIM training provided by the Company's Nominated Adviser and regulatory and compliance training provided by the Group Head of Compliance.

The Board has delegated certain of its responsibilities to Committees. All Committees have written terms of reference.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee assists the Board in, inter alia, discharging its responsibilities with regard to financial reporting, external and internal audits and controls, including reviewing the Group's annual financial statements, reviewing and monitoring the extent of the non-audit work undertaken by external auditors, advising on the appointment, reappointment, removal and independence of external auditors and reviewing the effectiveness of the Group's internal audit activities, internal controls, whistleblowing procedures and the process for evaluating and monitoring risk. The ultimate responsibility for reviewing and approving the annual report and account and the half-yearly reports remains with the Board.

Membership of the Audit Committee is restricted to non-executive directors and comprises Ian Dewar (as Chairman), Sir Christopher Meyer and Sir Alan Yarrow. The Committee met four times during the year.

The present auditors have helf office since 2009, but the senior statuatory auditor changed in 2013. The Board is satisfied with the effectiveness of their audit. The Committee received a report showing the level of non-audit services provided by the external auditors during the year and members were satisfied that this did not infringe auditor independence.

Remuneration Committee

Membership of the Remuneration Committee is limited to non-executive directors together with Sir Henry Angest as Chairman. The present members of the Committee are Sir Henry Angest, Sir Christopher Meyer and Sir Alan Yarrow. The Committee has responsibility for producing recommendations on the overall remuneration policy for directors and for setting the remuneration of individual directors, both for review by the Board. Members of the Committee do not vote on their own remuneration.

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee assists the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to the composition of the Board. The Nomination Committee is responsible for, inter alia, evaluating the balance of skills, experience, independence and knowledge on the Board, the size, structure and composition of the Board, retirements and appointments of additional and replacement directors and will make appropriate recommendations to the Board on such matters. The Nomination Committee also considers succession planning, taking into account the skills and expertise that will be needed on and beneficial to the Board in the future.

The Nomination Committee is chaired by Sir Henry Angest and its other members are Sir Christopher Meyer and Sir Alan Yarrow. It is required to meet formally at least once per year and otherwise as required.

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