WH Ireland Group plc is listed on AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange Group plc, and seeks to comply with the provisions and principles of good corporate governance and code of best practice as set out in the UK Corporate Governance Code (‘the Code’), in so far as it is practicable for a Company of its size and structure.
The information below is disclosed in accordance with AIM Rule 26 and was last updated on 3 September 2021.
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|A Description of the Business||About Us|
|Names of the Directors and Biographical Details||Our Board|
|Responsibilities of the Members of the Board||Governance|
|Country of Incorporation/Operation||Company Information|
|Current Constitutional Documents||Company Information|
|Shareholder Information, including:
|Annual & Interim Reports||Annual Reports|
|Company Announcements||Regulatory News|
|Admission Document & Circulars||Shareholder Information|
|30 Sep 2021||2021 Interim Report and Accounts|
|31 Mar 2021||2021 Annual Report and Accounts|
|30 Sep 2020||2020 Interim Report and Accounts|
|31 Mar 2020||2020 Annual Report and Accounts|
|30 Sep 2019||2019 Interim Report and Accounts|
|31 Mar 2019||2019 Annual Report and Accounts|
|30 Sep 2018||2018 Interim Report and Accounts|
|30 Mar 2018||2018 Annual Report and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2017||2017 Interim Financial Report (Due to a change in the company’s accounting date, These are the second set of unaudited interim results for the six months ending 30 November 2017).|
|31 May 2017||2017 Interim Report and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2016||2016 Annual Report and Accounts|
|31 May 2016||2016 Interim Report and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2015||2015 Annual Report and Accounts|
|31 May 2015||2015 Interim Reports and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2014||2014 Annual Report and Accounts|
|31 May 2014||2014 Interim Report and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2013||2013 Annual Report and Accounts|
|31 May 2013||2013 Interim Report and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2012||2012 Annual Report and Accounts|
|31 May 2012||2012 Interim Report and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2011||2011 Annual Report and Accounts|
|31 May 2011||2011 Interim Report and Accounts|
|30 Nov 2010||2010 Annual Report and Accounts|
|31 May 2010||2010 Interim Report and Accounts|
WH Ireland Group plc was incorporated in the UK in 2000 and its main country of operation is England.
WH Ireland Group plc
24 Martin Lane
One New Bailey
4 Stanley Street
Registered in England No. 03870190
VAT No. 727149034
Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)
WH Ireland Group Plc: 213800HB9TO5O4WD6S66
Canaccord Genuity Limited
88 Wood Street
London, EC2V 7QR
WH Ireland Limited
24 Martin Lane
London, EC4R 0DR
Canaccord Genuity Limited
88 Wood Street
London, EC2V 7QR
Bank of Scotland
2nd Floor,1 Lochrin Square
Edinburgh, EH3 9QA
55 Baker Street
London, W1U 7EU
Squires Patton Boggs
7 Devonshire Square
London, EC2M 4YH
UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers
WH Ireland is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.
Corporate Governance Code
The Directors of WH Ireland have chosen to apply the Corporate Governance Code produced by the Quoted Companies Alliance (“QCA”) (the “QCA Code”).
The QCA Code is constructed around ten broad principles and a set of disclosures which notes appropriate arrangements for growing companies and requires companies who have adopted the QCA Code to provide an explanation about how they are meeting those principles through the prescribed disclosures.
WH Ireland values engagement and feedback from all of its shareholders and stakeholders, and contact with the Company can be made through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The principal function of the Remuneration Committee is to determine the policy on Executive appointments and remuneration. The committee consists of the four Non-Executive Directors with Simon Lough as Chair. It is the aim of the committee to attract, retain and motivate high calibre individuals with a competitive remuneration package.
Remuneration for Executives normally comprises basic salary, bonus, benefits in kind and options. Details of the current Directors’ remuneration are given in the Remuneration Report in the Annual Report. Other Executive Directors and Risk Committee members may be invited to attend the meetings.
The audit committee is made up of the four Non-Executive Directors with Tom Wood as Chair. It is responsible for reviewing the Company’s arrangements with its external and internal auditors, including the cost effectiveness of the audit and the independence and objectivity of the auditors. It also reviews the application and appropriateness of the Company’s accounting policies, including any changes to financial reporting requirements brought about by both external and internal requirements and it gives consideration to all major financial announcements made by the Company including its interim and preliminary announcements and annual report and accounts.
The Risk committee is made up of the four Non-Executive Directors with Helen Sinclair as Chair. It is responsible for advising the Board on risk appetite, tolerance and strategy, taking into account the current and prospective regulatory and market environment. The Committee maintains a constant review of both the Group’s overall risk assessment processes and the effectiveness of the Group’s internal controls and risk management systems. It advises the Board on proposed strategic transactions that may impact the risk profile of the Group. The Head of Compliance and Risk and the Executive Directors may be invited to attend the meetings.
The Nominations committee consists of the four Non-Executive Directors with Simon Lough as chair. It is the aim of the committee to identify and nominate potential candidates to fill Board vacancies; to consider succession planning and to consider appropriate training for the Board.
The Executive committee is made up of the senior management of the Group and is chaired by the CEO. The committee is responsible for oversight of all delegated functions by the Board and the day-to-day operational business. In addition, it is responsible for ensuring the strategy of the Board is implemented and any issues that need to be communicated to the Board are recorded as such. The committee is also responsible for ensuring timely identification and resolution of regulatory and compliance issues, ensuring senior management are aware of significant regulatory matters and to act as a forum to update the Head of Compliance and Risk about organisational change and new business.
The Board has overall responsibility for the framework of internal control established by the Group and places critical importance on maintaining a strong control environment. This framework of internal control is designed to manage rather than eliminate the risk of failure to achieve business objectives and can only provide reasonable and not absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss. Detailed internal control procedures exist throughout the Group’s operations and compliance is monitored by management and through the Group’s Compliance Department, Internal Audit and the Executive Committees of both business divisions. The external auditors, internal auditors and other Executive Directors may be invited to attend the meetings.
Our Executive Committee is responsible for implementing strategy as agreed by the Group Board and for the management of the business. It consists of Directors and Senior Management from across the WH Ireland Group.
Phillip joined Seymour Pierce, the corporate & institutional broker and wealth manager, in 2010 and was appointed its Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Between 2012 and 2016 he was Chief Executive Officer of Panmure Gordon & Co. Prior to joining WHIreland in August 2018, Phillip was Head of Fixed Income (Europe) at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe.
Michael brings significant experience of building and running substantial wealth management businesses, having previously been a senior member of UBS’s wealth management business for over 20 years. He started his wealth management career as a founding employee of UBS’s UK domestic wealth management business in 2000; having grown UBS’s business in the UK, he spent two years in Switzerland integrating the teams covering origination, investment and client relationships across the UK business. He then developed an Institutional Family Office business whilst being responsible for UBS’s Ultra High Net Worth teams across Northern Europe.
Michael joined WH Ireland as Head of Wealth Management in January 2022.
Fraser has had a 26-year career in the UK equity markets, working in sales and corporate broking. His focus has always been on advising and raising funds for UK companies. He started his career with Kleinwort Benson in 1994 before joining Evolution Securities in 2002, at its inception, managing the Equity Sales desk. In 2008, Fraser joined Collins Stewart to run the small-cap franchise and then joined The Royal Bank of Canada in 2009 as part of the rollout of its European Equities platform. Subsequently, Fraser joined Arden Partners in 2017, as Head of Equities and a member of its Senior Management team.
Simon was Finance Director of Saunderson House Limited from January 2019 until March 2021, prior to its acquisition by Rathbone Brothers Plc, having previously been Group Finance Director of Brooks Macdonald Group plc from November 2000 to April 2018. In both roles he helped implement both organic and inorganic growth strategies whilst building finance capabilities that are essential to meet the increasing requirements of a growing, regulated business in public markets. Simon’s time at Brooks Macdonald included its admission to trading on AIM in 2005; between 2005 and 2017, Brooks Macdonald grew its funds under management from £371m to £11.7bn. Simon qualified as a chartered accountant with Macintyre Hudson, and spent 10 years with Rutland Trust plc, in a variety of senior finance roles, prior to joining Brooks Macdonald.
Stephen has a unique mix of knowledge and experience. Trained and practiced as a barrister and then moving into corporate law at a major International City law firm, Dentons, and Head of Legal private bank and wealth management in global banks such as Citibank and Standard Chartered, which has enabled him to develop technical and leadership skills for transforming legal and compliance functions.
Stephen has a mix of both Wealth Management and Capital Markets Compliance experience, by virtue of his time at Deutsche Bank. His compliance role at EFG had significant WM overlap with WHI’s WM business as has their ownership of the EFG Harris Allday. As Head of Regulatory Compliance at EFG, he had insight across the Compliance functions and good insight of EFG Operational and Regulatory Risks.
Karen is an experienced Human Resources Director with over 25 years’ experience, and is responsible for developing and executing people strategies, processes, and policies in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of WH Ireland. Karen also works closely with the management and leadership team to help ensure we have a working environment and culture in which our employees can thrive.
Prior to joining WH Ireland in 2021, Karen was Head of Human Resources at Merian Global Investors where she focussed on organisational effectiveness, culture, talent acquisition, and supporting multiple business change agendas.
Kate joined the company in 2017. Prior to joining WHIreland she worked for a major London Museum as Executive Assistant to the Directorate team. Her responsibilities include taking all Group Board PLC minutes and all other sub committees, and she works closely with the senior management team.
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