Summary of principal activities

  • Appointment of Ian Bull as an Independent Non-Executive Director, to succeed Liz Doherty as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in November
  • Appointment of Paula Vennells as Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Laura Carr joined the Board as Chief Financial Officer in November 2018
  • Review of the Group’s approach to diversity
  • Board now 40% female (45% including the Company Secretary)

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 the Committee is to assist the Board by keeping the composition of the Board under review and conducting a rigorous and transparent process against objective criteria, and with due regard for the benefits of diversity of the Board, when new appointments to the Board are made.

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

While all Board appointment processes and succession discussions are led by the Nominations Committee, these are viewed as important whole-Board topics and no appointment has been or will be made to the Board without agreement of all Directors.

Committee Membership

The following Directors served on the Committee during the year:

Member Period from: To:
Andy Harrison (Chair) 1 September 2014 To date
Will Adderley 17 February 2011 To date
Liz Doherty 1 May 2013 To date
William Reeve 1 July 2015 To date
Peter Ruis 10 September 2015 To date
Marion Sears 18 January 2005 To date
Rachel Osborne1 1 April 2018 28 August 2018

Rachel Osborne stepped down from the Board and the Committee on 29 August 2018. Ian Bull and Paula Vennells were appointed to the Board and the Committee after the year end.

Committee Meetings

There was one Committee meeting in the year and members’ attendance was as shown in the table below. 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.

Member Meetings attended:
Andy Harrison (Chair) 1/1
Will Adderley 1/1
Liz Doherty 1/1
William Reeve 1/1
Peter Ruis 1/1
Rachel Osborne 0/0
Marion Sears 1/1