Corporate governance

1. The directors’ report on corporate governance

The directors are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance, which they see as fundamental to discharging their stewardship responsibilities. The board strives to provide the right leadership, strategic oversight and control environment to produce and sustain the delivery of value to all of the company’s shareholders. The board applies integrity, principles of good governance and accountability throughout its activities and each director brings independence of character and judgement to the role. All of the members of the board are individually and collectively aware of their responsibilities to the company’s stakeholders and the board keeps its performance and core governance principles under regular review.

The principal governance rules applying to UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange are currently contained in the Combined Code on Corporate Governance adopted by the Financial Reporting Council in June 2006 (the Combined Code).

This report describes the board’s approach to corporate governance and explains how it applies the Combined Code.