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Summary of principal activities

  • Appointment of Ian Bull as an Independent Non-Executive Director – succeeded Liz Doherty as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in November 2019.
  • Appointment of Paula Vennells as Independent Non-Executive Director.
  • Appointment of William Reeve as Senior Independent Director, to succeed Liz Doherty.
  • Welcomed our newest Board members into the business through comprehensive induction programmes, co-ordinated by the Company Secretary.
  • Consideration of the appointment of a new Digital NED.
  • Ongoing review of the Group’s approach to diversity and inclusion, to help promote the importance of diversity of gender, ethnicity, background, thought and skills.
  • External Board review to ensure that Board is working effectively.
  • Ongoing review of Board’s composition, to ensure it follows best practice and the needs of the business.

This report provides details of the role of the Nominations Committee and the work it has undertaken during the year.

Principal Duties

The purpose of our Nominations Committee is to assist the Board by keeping the composition of the Board under review; conducting a rigorous and transparent process against objective criteria – with due regard for the benefits of the Board’s diversity - when new appointments to the Board are made; overseeing the succession plans for the Board and senior management; and ensuring that there are processes in place to secure a diverse pipeline of potential candidates for succession to key management positions and to the Board.

The Committee's full terms of reference is available here:

The full terms of reference for the Committee can be found on the Company’s website, corporate.dunelm.com. These terms were last reviewed by the Committee in June 2020.

Committee Membership

The Directors who served on the Committee during the year and their attendance is set out below:

Member Period from: To: Meetings
attended:
Andy Harrison (Chair) 1 September 2014 To date 3/3
Will Adderley 17 February 2011 To date 3/3
Ian Bull1 10 July 2019 To date 1/2
William Reeve 1 July 2015 To date 3/3
Peter Ruis 10 September 2015 To date 3/3
Marion Sears 18 January 2005 To date 3/3
Paula Vennells1 4 September 2019 To date 1/1
Liz Doherty2 1 May 2013 19 November 2019 1/1

1. Ian Bull and Paula Vennells were both appointed to the Board during the financial year, and joined the Nominations Committee on appointment. Ian Bull missed one meeting in the year due to other commitments arranged prior to his appointment. He read the papers in advance of the meeting and fed through comments to the Chair of the meeting.

2. Liz Doherty retired from the Board and the Nominations Committee, as planned, on 19 November 2019.

The Company Secretary acts as secretary to the Committee.

No Director attended that part of a meeting during which his or her own position was discussed.

Ian Bull missed one meeting in the year due to other commitments arranged prior to his appointment. He read the papers in advance of the meeting and fed through comments to the Chair of the meeting.