Terms of Reference for Remuneration Committee
1.1. Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board, on the recommendation of the Nomination Committee in consultation with the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. The Committee shall be made up of at least 3 members, consisting executively or majority of non-executive directors.
1.2. Only members of the Committee have the right to attend Committee meetings. However, other individuals such as the Chief Executive, the head of human resources and external advisers may be invited to attend for all or part of any meeting as and when appropriate.
1.3. The Board shall appoint the Committee Chairman who shall be an independent non-executive director. In the absence of the Committee Chairman and/or an appointed deputy, the remaining members present shall elect one of themselves to chair the meeting.
1.4 Executive directors should play no part in decision on their own remuneration. Membership of the remuneration committee should appear in the directors’ report.
1.5 The determination of remuneration packages of non-executive directors, including non-executive chairman should be a matter for the board as a whole. The individuals concerned should abstain from discussion of their own remuneration.
2.1. The Company Secretary or their nominee shall act as the Secretary of the Committee.
3.1. The quorum necessary for the transaction of business shall be 2. A duly convened meeting of the Committee at which a quorum is present shall be competent to exercise all or any of the authorities, powers and discretions vested in or exercisable by the Committee.
4.1. The Committee shall meet and at such other times as the Chairman of the Committee shall require.
5. Notice of Meetings
5.1. Meetings of the Committee shall be summoned by the Secretary of the Committee at the request of any of its members.
5.2. Unless otherwise agreed, notice of each meeting confirming the venue, time and date together with an agenda of items to be discussed, shall be forwarded to each member of the Committee, any other person required to attend and all other non-executive directors, no later than 5 working days before the date of the meeting. Supporting papers shall be sent to Committee members and to other attendees as appropriate, at the same time.
6. Minutes of Meetings
6.1. The Secretary shall minute the proceedings and resolutions of all Committee meetings, including the names of those present and in attendance.
6.2. Minutes of Committee meetings shall be circulated promptly to all members of the Committee and, once agreed, to all members of the Board, unless a conflict of interest exists.
7. Annual General Meeting
7.1. The Chairman of the Committee shall attend the Annual General Meeting prepared to respond to any shareholder questions on the Committee’s activities.
The Committee will:
8.1. determine and agree with the Board the framework or broad policy for the remuneration of the company’s Chief Executive, Chairman, the executive directors, the company secretary and such other members of the executive management as it is designated to consider. The remuneration of non-executive directors shall be a matter for the Chairman and the executive members of the Board. No director or manager shall be involved in any decisions as to their own remuneration;
8.2. in determining such policy, take into account all factors which it deems necessary. The objective of such policy shall be to ensure that members of the executive management of the company are provided with appropriate incentives to encourage enhanced performance and are, in a fair and responsible manner, rewarded for their individual contributions to the success of the company;
8.3. determine the policy for, and scope of, pension arrangements for each executive director and other senior executives, if applicable;
8.4. ensure the contractual terms on termination, and any payments made, are fair to the individual, and the company, that failure is not rewarded and that the duty to mitigate loss is fully recognised;
8.5. within the terms of the agreed policy and in consultation with the Chairman and/or Chief Executive as appropriate, determine the total individual remuneration package of each executive director and other senior executives including bonuses, incentive payments and share options or other share awards;
8.6. review and note annually the remuneration trends across the company or group;
8.7. oversee any major changes in employee benefits structures throughout the company or group;
8.8. agree the policy for authorising claims for expenses from the Chief Executive and Chairman;
8.9. be exclusively responsible for establishing the selection criteria, selecting, appointing and setting the terms of reference for any remuneration consultants who advise the committee: and to obtain reliable, up-to-date information about remuneration in other companies. The Committee shall have full authority to commission any reports or surveys which it deems necessary to help it fulfil its obligations.
8.10. Provides a means for review of the Company’s processes for producing financial data, its internal controls, and the independence of the Company’s external auditor, and a forum for dialogue with the Company’s external and internal auditors.
8.11. To reinforce the objectivity of the internal auditing department.
8.12. To deal with the issue relating to the presence of controlling shareholders and substantial shareholders.
9. Reporting Responsibilities
9.1 The Committee shall make whatever recommendations to the Board it deems appropriate on any area within its remit where action or improvement is needed.
10.1 The Committee shall, at least once a year, review its own performance, constitution and terms of reference to ensure it is operating at maximum effectiveness and recommend any changes it considers necessary to the Board for approval.
11.1 The Committee is authorised by the Board to seek any information it requires from any employee of the company in order to perform its duties.
11.2 In connection with its duties the Committee is authorised by the Board to obtain, at the company’s expense, any outside legal or other professional advice.