The Diploma PLC Board is accountable to the Company’s shareholders for standards of governance across the Group’s businesses. Certain strategic decision-making powers and authorities of the Company are reserved as matters for the Board. The principal matters reserved for the Board are set out below. Day-to-day operational decisions are managed by the Chief Executive Officer.

  • Setting the overall strategic direction and oversight of the management of Diploma PLC.
  • Recommending or declaring dividends.
  • Approval of the Group and Company financial statements.
  • All new bank facilities, or significant changes to existing facilities.
  • Assessment and approval of the principal risks facing the Group and how they are being managed.
  • Approval of the Viability Statement.
  • Maintaining sound internal control and risk management systems.
  • Approval of major corporate transactions and commitments.
  • Succession planning and appointments to the Board.
  • Review of the Group’s overall corporate governance arrangements and reviewing the performance of the Board and its Committees annually.
  • Approval of the delegation of authority between the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer and the terms of reference of all Committees of the Board.

Where appropriate, matters are delegated to a Committee which will consider them in accordance with its terms of reference. Details of each Committee’s terms of reference are available in the Board Committees section.

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Audit Committee

Anne Thorburn

Chaired by Anne Thorburn

Number of meetings in the year ended 30 September 2016: 6

Role of the committee

The Audit Committee has responsibility for overseeing and monitoring the Company’s financial statements, accounting processes, audit (internal and external), internal control systems and risk management procedures and also monitors issues relating to fraud, anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions and whistleblowing.

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Nomination Committee

John Nicholas

Chaired by John Nicholas

Number of meetings in the year ended 30 September 2016: 2

Role of the Committee

The Nomination Committee regularly reviews the structure, size and composition of the Board and its Committees. It identifies and nominates suitable candidates to be appointed to the Board (subject to Board approval) and considers succession generally.

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Remuneration Committee

Andy Smith

Chaired by Andy Smith

Number of meetings in the year ended 30 Septmeber 2016: 4

Role of the Committee

The Committee reviews and recommends to the Board, the framework and policy for the remuneration of the Chairman and the Executive Directors. The remuneration of the non-Executive Directors is determined by the Chairman and the Executive Directors. The Committee takes into account the business strategy of the Group and how remuneration policy should reflect and support that strategy.

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