Corporate Governance Report 2011
The Company is a member of the FTSE 250 Index, having achieved a Premium Listing on the London Stock Exchange in July 2010. The Board is committed to high standards of corporate governance and supports the UK Corporate Governance Code ('the Code') which sets standards of good practice for UK listed companies. The Code has applied to the Company from 1 January 2011 and the Company has implemented those new aspects of the Code which were not included in its predecessor, the Combined Code on Corporate Governance. In particular, in relation to the more notable new provisions of the Code, all Directors of the Company are subject to annual re-election by shareholders and evaluation of the Board will be externally facilitated at least every three years.
It is the Board's view that the Company has been fully compliant during 2011 with the provisions set down in the Code with the one exception that not all Directors were able to attend the AGM (Code provision E.2.3). This did not impact the AGM as there were no questions posed at the meeting. It is the Board's intention to comply with this provision in 2012.
This report sets out details of how the Company has applied the principles and complied with the provisions of the Code during the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.
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