The audit committee has responsibility for, among other things, the monitoring of the financial integrity of the financial statements of the Group and the involvement of the Group’s auditors in that process. It focuses in particular on compliance with accounting policies and ensuring that an effective system of internal and external audit and financial control is maintained, including considering the scope of the annual audit and the extent of the non-audit work undertaken by external auditors and advising on the appointment of external auditors. The ultimate responsibility for reviewing and approving the annual report and accounts and the half yearly reports remains with the Board. The audit committee will meet at least two times a year at the appropriate times in the financial reporting and audit cycle.
The terms of reference of the audit committee cover such issues as membership and the frequency of meetings, as mentioned above, together with requirements of any quorum for and the right to attend meetings. The responsibilities of the audit committee covered in its terms of reference include the following: external audit, financial reporting, internal controls and risk management. The terms of reference also set out the authority of the committee to carry out its responsibilities.
The audit committee currently comprises of three members, who are all Non-executive Directors: Robin Paynter Bryant, Tony Perkins and John Glasgow. The committee is chaired by Tony Perkins.
The remuneration committee has responsibility for determination of specific remuneration packages for each of the executive directors, including pension rights and any compensation payments, and recommending and monitoring the level and structure of remuneration for senior management, and the implementation of share option, or other performance related schemes. It will meet at least two times a year.
The responsibilities of the remuneration committee covered in its terms of reference include the following: determining and monitoring policy on and setting levels of remuneration, termination, performance related pay, pension arrangements, reporting and disclosure, share incentive plans and remuneration consultants. The terms of reference also set out the reporting responsibilities and the authority of the committee to carry out its responsibilities.
The remuneration committee currently comprises of three members, who are all Non-executive Directors: Robin Paynter Bryant, Tony Perkins and John Glasgow. The committee is chaired by John Glasgow.