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board committees

Audit Committee

The Board has appointed an Audit Committee comprising of a Chair and at least 2 other non-executive members of The Board.

The Committee meets at least three times a year. The Chief Finance Officer and Head of Finance are invited to be present at each meeting, to which the Chief Executive officer is also invited.

Part of at least one meeting a year is set aside for the Committee to meet with the external auditors without the presence of the company’s executive team. The Company’s external statutory auditor for the year ended 31 March 2017 was Mazars LLP.

The ‘Terms of Reference’ document outlines the functions and responsibilities of the Committee. This document is reviewed annually by the Audit Committee and presented to the Board thereafter for approval. This was last reviewed by the Audit Committee in October 2016 and approved by the Board in November 2016.

The members of this Committee during the 2016-17 financial year were S Smart (Audit Committee Chair), P Taylor and W R Worth, in addition M Allen is a co-optee to the Committee. 

HR Remuneration Committee

The Board has appointed an HR and Remunerations Committee which comprises of a Chairperson and at least two other non-executive Board members and meets at least twice a year. The Chief Executive Officer may be expected to attend where discussions are taking place regarding Senior and Executive Managers salaries. The Head of Human Resources will also be asked to attend for those meetings where general remuneration is discussed.

The ‘Terms of Reference’ document outlines the functions and responsibilities of the Committee. This document is reviewed annually by the Audit Committee and presented to the Board thereafter for approval. This was last reviewed by the Audit Committee in September 2017 and approved by the Board in September 2017.

The members of this Committee during the 2016-17 financial year were W R Worth (Chairperson), S Rowell and G Arthur.

Athletics Appointments Panel

The Board has recently appointed an Athletics Appointment Panel to oversee senior Board and UK Members Council appointments. This Panel will meet as required during the course of business.

The panel will usually consist of at least three members, being; Chair of the Company, President of the Company and one other Non-Executive Director. Where five members are needed it will also consist of one other non-executive Director plus one other member of the UK Members Council, both with specific skill and expertise pertinent to the appointment.

For appointments to positions on the Board, or for nominations to either President or Vice President of the UK Members Council, the Panel may also include up to two representatives from major stakeholders, for example, UK Sport or Sport England.

The ‘Terms of Reference’ document outlines the functions and responsibilities of the Panel. This was last reviewed and approved by the Board in May 2017.

During the financial year 2016-17, the Athletics Appointments Panel met a number of times to consider the following appointments:

S R Bowker – Panel consisted of J Gardener, S Smart, M Nimmo, S L Rowell and C Anthony.

P L Taylor - Panel consisted of W R Worth, S L Rowell and C Anthony.

G D Arthur – Panel consisted of W R Worth, S L Rowell and C Anthony.

A Clements - Panel consisted of J Gardener and L Roy.

Performance Oversight Committee

The Board has appointed a Performance Oversight Committee to oversee the performance strategy and provide the Board with assurance around the operational delivery of that strategy. This Committee meets at least 3 times a year.

The membership will consist of at least 3 Non-executive Directors. There is a minimum expectation that either the Performance Director or the Deputy Performance Director will attend each meeting.

The ‘Terms of Reference’ document outlines the functions and responsibilities of the Committee. This was last reviewed by the Committee in June 2017 and approved by the Board in July 2017.

The members of this committee during the 2016-17 financial year were S Rowell (Chairperson), A Wafula Strike and D Bedford.