The right skills and experience
At Spectris, we are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance, both at the Board level and throughout the Group. We see this as fundamental to the effective and responsible management of the business and for the delivery of shareholder value over the long term. The skills and experience of the Board are set out in their biographies.
Board & Committees
How the Board Operates
The Chairman leads the Board and ensures its effectiveness. He also organises its business and sets its agenda. In addition to the Chairman, there are also independent non-executive Directors who have a range of strong and complementary skills.
Before each Board and Committee meeting, relevant reports and papers, including financial performance data and detailed updates on the progress and implementation of the strategic plan where appropriate, are circulated to Directors. The Board has the opportunity to discuss these reports and updates and to challenge directly the Executive Directors and other senior management, who attend all or part of the Board meetings.
The key responsibilities and areas of focus for the Board
Contribute to the development of, and agree, the Group’s strategy. This includes through review and discussion of reports and updates at Board meetings as well as through the annual strategy review meeting which is attended by the Board and, where relevant, other senior management.
Evaluation and composition
Review the performance of the Board and its Committees to ensure that they are effective. Ensure that the Board and its Committees comprise competent and capable individuals with a diverse range of skills and experience who provide challenge to management and bring independent views to the decisions being made.
Group financial and operational performance
Review and monitor the performance of the Group, including through regular reporting and discussions with the Executive Committee and other senior management.
Maintain an appropriate internal control framework.
Ensure that there are effective risk management policies and processes in place and an appropriate governance structure.
Ensure that the Executive Committee has the skills and resources to deliver the strategy and that appropriate succession and contingency planning is in place.
Matters delegated by the Board to management include implementation of the Board approved strategy, day-to-day management and operation of the business, the appointment and remuneration of all staff below the Executive Committee and the formulation and implementation of risk management policies and processes.
Spectris does not make any contributions to and spending for political campaigns, political organizations, lobbyists or lobbying organizations, trade associations and other tax-exempt groups.
It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that there is an effective organisational and reporting structure in place such that there are clear reporting lines within the Group and well defined roles and responsibilities. This is to ensure that the right decisions are being made with involvement from the right people.
Day-to-day management of the Group is the responsibility of the Chief Executive. To assist him in this role, the Chief Executive has established an Executive Committee. The skills and experience of the Executive Committee are set out in their biographies.
Authority for operational decisions is delegated by the Board to senior management at operating company level, over which the Executive Directors exercise supervision.
The Board is assisted by various Committees of the Board which report regularly to the Board. In undertaking its duties, the Board delegates certain authorities and decisions to its Committees, notably the Nomination, Remuneration, and Audit and Risk Committees. The membership of these Committees is regularly reviewed by the Board. When considering Board Committee membership and chairmanship, the Board aims to ensure that undue reliance is not placed on particular Directors.
The current Directors’ Remuneration Policy was approved by shareholders at a General Meeting in December 2022 and took effect from 1 January 2023. In line with current regulations, this policy may operate for the next three years after which, it will be reviewed and shareholder approval of a new remuneration policy will be sought. The policy can be viewed
The information required in accordance with section 430 (2b) of the Companies Act 2006 regarding payments for loss of office can be viewed below.
Code of Business Ethics
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