The Board has been formed so that it has effective composition, size and commitment to adequately discharge its responsibilities and duties given the current size, scale and nature of the Company’s activities.
- Skills, knowledge and experience
- Non-Executive Directors
- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
- Company Secretary
- Conflicts of Interest
- Related Party Transactions
- Share Dealings and Disclosures
- Board nominations
- Terms of Appointment as a Director
- Performance Review and Evaluation
- Meetings of the board
- Independent Professional Advice
- Access to Company Information and Confidentiality
- Director’s deeds
- Nomination of new Directorships
Skills, knowledge and experience
Directors are appointed based on the specific corporate and governance skills and experience required by the Company.
The Board should include Directors with a relevant blend of personal experience in accounting and finance, law, financial and investment markets, financial management and public company administration, and Director-level business or corporate experience, having regard to the scale and nature of activities of the Company.
All Directors are Non-Executive Directors
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Chairman leads the Board and has responsibility for ensuring the Board receives accurate, timely and clear information to enable Directors to perform their duties as a Board.
Shaun Di Gregorio has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company and is responsible and accountable to the Board for the Company’s management.
The Company Secretary is appointed by the Board and is responsible for developing and maintaining the information systems and processes that are appropriate for the Board to fulfill its role and is responsible to the Board for ensuring compliance with Board procedures and governance matters. The Company Secretary is also responsible for overseeing and coordinating disclosure of information to the ASX as well as communicating with the ASX. The Company Secretary is Nick Geddes.
An independent Director, in the view of the Company, is a Non-Executive Director who:
- is not a substantial shareholder of the Company or an officer of, or otherwise associated directly with, a substantial shareholder of the Company;
- has not previously been employed in an Executive capacity by the Company, or been a Director after ceasing to hold any such employment;
- within the last three years has not been a principal of a material professional adviser or a material consultant to the Company, or an employee materially associated with a service provider;
- is not a material supplier or customer of the Company, or an officer of or otherwise associated directly or indirectly with a material supplier or customer;
- has no material contractual relationship with the Company other than as a Director of the Company;
- has not served on the Board for a period which could, or could reasonably be perceived to, materially interfere with the Director’s ability to act in the best interests of the Company; and
- is free from any interest and any business or other relationship which could, or could reasonably be perceived to, materially interfere with the Director’s ability to act in the best interests of the Company.
Samuel Weiss, Georg Chmiel and Hugh Morrow are regarded as Independent Non Executive Directors. If the Company’s activities increase in size, nature and scope the size of the Board will be reviewed periodically and the optimum number of Directors required for the Board to properly perform its responsibilities and functions.
Conflicts of Interest
To ensure that Directors are at all times acting in the interests of the Company, Directors must:
- disclose to the Board actual or potential conflicts of interest that may or might reasonably be thought to exist between the interests of the Director and the interests of any other parties in carrying out the activities of the Company; and
- if requested by the Board, within seven days or such further period as may be permitted, take such necessary and reasonable steps to remove any conflict of interest.
If a Director cannot or is unwilling to remove a conflict of interest then the Director must, as per the Corporations Act, absent himself or herself from the room when Board discussion and/or voting occurs on matters about which the conflict relates (save with the approval of the remaining Directors and subject to the Corporations Act).
Related Party Transactions
Related party transactions include any financial transaction between a Director and the Company as defined in the Corporations Act or the ASX Listing Rules. Unless there is an exemption under the Corporations Act from the requirement to obtain shareholder approval for the related party transaction, the Board cannot approve the transaction. The Company also discloses related party transactions in its financial report as required under relevant Accounting Standards.
Share Dealings and Disclosures
The Company’s Share Trading Policy regarding Directors, Executives and employees dealing in its securities, is set by the Board. The Board restricts Directors, Executives and employees from acting on material information until it has been released to the market and adequate time has been given for this to be reflected in the security’s prices. Executives, employees and Directors are required to consult the Company Secretary (and in certain circumstances the Company
Secretary may elevate the matter to the Chairman of the Board), prior to dealing in securities in the Company or other companies in which the Company has a relationship.
Dealings are not permitted at any time whilst in the possession of price sensitive information not already available to the market. In addition, the Corporations Act prohibits the purchase or sale of securities whilst a person is in possession of inside information.
The Board will consider nominations for appointment or election of Directors that may arise from time to time having regard to the corporate and governance skills required by the Company and procedures outlined in the Constitution and the Corporations Act.
Terms of Appointment as a Director
The current Directors of the Company have been appointed until they are either removed (which will include the circumstances where the Director is not re-elected) or resign. The Constitution of the Company provides that a Director may not retain office for more than three calendar years or beyond the third annual general meeting following his or her election, whichever is longer, without submitting himself or herself for re-election. One third of the Directors must retire each year and are eligible for re-election. The Directors who retire by rotation at each annual general meeting are those with the longest length of time in office since their appointment or last election.
Performance Review and Evaluation
It is the policy of the Board to ensure that the Directors and Executives of the Company be equipped with the knowledge and information they need to discharge their responsibilities effectively, and that individual and collective performance is regularly and fairly reviewed. Although the Company is not of a size to warrant the development of formal processes for evaluating the performance of its Board, individual Directors and Executives, there is on-going monitoring by the Chairman and the Board. The Chairman also speaks to Directors individually regarding their role as a Director.
Meetings of the board
The Chairman and Company Secretary will generally schedule monthly formal Board meetings. In addition, the Board meets whenever necessary to deal with specific matters requiring attention between scheduled monthly meetings. Circulatory Resolutions are also utilised where appropriate either in place of or in addition to formal Board meetings. Board meetings are held predominantly by telephone conferencing as not all Directors are resident in the one city. However, the Board will convene face to face meetings from time to time as is appropriate based on the particular items of business for consideration. Each member of the Board is committed to spending sufficient time to enable them to carry out their duties as a Director of the Company. It is recognised and accepted that Board members may also concurrently serve on other boards, either in an executive or non-executive capacity.
Independent Professional Advice
Subject to prior consultation with the Chairman, each Director has the right to seek independent legal and other professional advice at the Company’s expense concerning any aspect of the Company’s operations or undertakings in order to fulfill their duties and responsibilities as Directors.
Access to Company Information and Confidentiality
All Directors have the right of access to all relevant Company books and to the Company’s Executive Management. In accordance with legal requirements and agreed ethical standards, Directors and Executives of the Company have agreed to keep confidential, information received in the course of the exercise of their duties and will not disclose non-public information except where disclosure is authorised or legally mandated.
Nomination of new Directorships
The primary vehicle for the effective management of director nominations will be the Remuneration and Nomination Committee appointed by the Board.
The responsibilities assumed by the Remuneration and Nomination Committee will include:
- Devising criteria for Board membership, regularly reviewing the need for various skills and experience of the Board and identifying specific individuals for nominations as Directors; and
- Oversight of the Board and Executive succession plans.
The Company has also entered into a Deed of Indemnity, Insurance and Access with each of the Directors to regulate certain matters between the Company and each Director, both during the time the Directors hold office and after the Director ceases to be an officer of the Company (or wholly owned subsidiaries). A summary of the terms of such deed is contained in Section 12.12 of this Prospectus.