The Group has several Boards and committees that make strategic and operational decisions. Details of these Boards and committees and their members are set out below. The Boards typically meet on a monthly basis and minutes are taken of the meetings.
Gateley (Holdings) Plc
This is the holding company of the Group. The directors are Nigel Payne (Chairman), Joanne Lake (senior independent non-executive director), Suzanne Thompson (independent non-executive director), Michael Ward (CEO), Peter Davies (COO) and Neil Smith (FD). Further information regarding the directors can be found here.The Board has a formal schedule of meetings throughout the year and in addition will meet as required by the needs of the business. It receives copies of the minutes of the meetings of the other boards within the Group.
This is the trading entity for the legal business of the Group. Its Board of directors is known within the Group as the Strategic Board as it takes responsibility for the day to day activities of the Group. Its members are Michael Ward (CEO), Peter Davies (COO), Neil Smith (FD), Victoria Garrad (Group HR Director), Rod Waldie, Paul Hayward, Callum Nuttall and George Parker Fuller. The Board has a formal schedule of meetings throughout the year and in addition meets as required by the needs of the business. It receives copies of the minutes of the meetings of the other trading companies.
Gateley Capitus Limited
This Board is responsible for the day to day management of the Capitus business. The directors are Michael Ward (CEO), Aubrey Calderwood (Director), James Gopsill, James Madill, Kevin Meyer and Rod Waldie.
Gateley Hamer Limited
This Board is responsible for the day to day management of the Hamer business. The directors are Michael Ward (CEO), Charles Hamer (Chairman and Head of Easements & Wayleaves), Jonathan Stott (Director), James Madill and Callum Nuttall.
Kiddy & Partners Limited
This Board is responsible for the day to day management of the Kiddy business. The directors are Michael Ward (CEO), Simon Brittain (Director), Michael Owtram (Director), Nick Smith and Andrew Macmillan.
This Board is responsible for the day to day management of our independent pension trustees business. The directors are Stuart Evans, Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Stevens (Legal Director).
The Group also operates an Operations Board. This is an informal Board and the members are not appointed as directors by reason of their roles on the Operations Board. Its members are Peter Davies (COO), Neil Smith (FD), Victoria Garrad (Group HR Director), Katie Silvester, Christopher Thompson, Tom Durrant, Rafe Courage, Nick Capell (IT Director) and Vikki Whittemore (Client & Market Development Director). The Board has a formal schedule of meetings throughout the year. It receives copies of the minutes of the meetings of Gateley Capitus, Gateley Hamer and Kiddy & Partners.
There are three committees of Gateley (Holdings) Plc:
The Remuneration Committee is responsible for all elements of the remuneration of the Executive Directors and the members of the Strategic Board. The Committee also oversees the operation of the Company’s share option schemes. The Chief Executive Officer is invited to meetings of the Remuneration Committee to discuss the performance of other Executive Directors but is not involved in the decisions. The Remuneration Committee may invite any person it thinks appropriate to join the members of the Remuneration Committee at its meetings. Further details of the Committee’s responsibilities are included in the Remuneration Report. Terms of reference for the Remuneration Committee can be found here.
Members: Suzanne Thompson (Chairman), Nigel Payne and Joanne Lake.
Audit and Risk Committee
The Committee meets, together with the Finance Director, Neil Smith, at least twice a year. It is responsible for ensuring the financial performance of the Group is properly monitored and reported upon. The Committee reviews the interim and annual accounts, reviews reports from the auditor, monitors the Group’s risk register and the adequacy and effectiveness of the systems of internal control, and reviews annually the effectiveness of the auditor. The auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP, attends meetings at the request of the Chairman and the Committee meets with the auditor without Executive Directors being in attendance for part of the meeting. Terms of reference for the Audit and Risk Committee can be found here.
Members: Joanne Lake (Chairman), Nigel Payne and Suzanne Thompson.
The Committee is responsible for monitoring the size and composition of the Board and the other Board committees. It is also responsible for identifying suitable candidates for Board membership and monitors the performance and suitability of the current Board on an on-going basis. Terms of reference for the Nomination Committee can be found found here.
Members: Nigel Payne (Chairman), Suzanne Thompson and Joanne Lake.
There are many other committees within the wider Group. These are established to meet ongoing business needs, for example the Operational Risk Committee and for one off projects. The committees report to the appropriate Board within the Group.