Although the rules of AIM do not require the Company to comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code (“the Code”), the Company fully supports the principles set out in the Code and will attempt to comply wherever possible, given both the size and resources available to the Company.
The Board of Directors currently comprises the combined role of chairman and chief executive and two non-executive directors. The Board considers that this structure is suitable for the Company having regard to the fact that it is not yet revenue earning. However, it is the policy of the Board to separate these roles in future and to strengthen the executive Board as projects are developed and financial resources permit.
The Board is aware of the need to refresh its membership from time to time and will consider appointing additional independent non-executive directors in the future.
The Board’s role is to agree the Group’s long term direction and strategy and monitor achievement of its business objectives. The Board meets four times a year for these purposes and holds additional meetings when necessary to transact other business. The Board receives reports for consideration on all significant strategic and operational matters.
The non-executive directors are not considered under the terms of the Code to be independent directors by virtue of their long-service or their holding of warrants to subscribe to shares in the Company. However, they are considered by the Board to be free from any other business or relationship which could materially interfere with the exercise of their independent advice in furtherance of their duties at the Group’s expense and have access to the services of the Company Secretary.
The Board delegates certain of its responsibilities to the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of the Board. These Committees operate within clearly defined terms of reference.
The Audit Committee, composed entirely of non-executive directors, assists the Board in meeting responsibilities in respect of external financial reporting and internal controls. The Audit Committee also keeps under review the scope and results of the audit. It also considers the cost effectiveness, independence and objectivity of the auditor taking account of any non-audit services provided by them.
Current Audit Committee members are:-
The Remuneration Committee also comprises the non-executive directors. The Company does not currently remunerate any of the directors other than in a non-executive capacity. Whilst the Chairman of the Board, Patrick Cheetham, does have an executive role, his services are provided under a general service agreement with Tertiary Minerals plc.
Current Remuneration Committee members are:-
The Nomination Committee comprises the Chairman and the non-executive directors. The Nomination Committee meets at least once per year to lead the formal process of rigorous and transparent procedures for Board appointments and to make recommendations to the Board in accordance with best practice and other applicable rules and regulations, insofar as they are appropriate to the Group at this stage in its development.
Current Nomination Committee members are:-
The Companies Act 2006 permits directors of public companies to authorise directors’ conflicts and potential conflicts, where appropriate, where the Articles of Association contain a provision to this effect. The Company’s Articles contain such a provision.
Procedures are in place in order to avoid any conflict of interest between the Company and Tertiary Minerals plc, which is a shareholder. Tertiary Minerals provides management services to Sunrise Resources in the search, evaluation and acquisition of new projects.
The Board takes regular account of the significance of social, environmental and ethical matters affecting the business of the Group. At this stage in the Group’s development the Board has not adopted a specific policy on Corporate Social Responsibility as it has a limited pool of stakeholders other than its shareholders. Rather, the Board seeks to protect the interests of the Group’s stakeholders through individual policies and through ethical and transparent actions.
The Company has adopted an Anti-Corruption Policy.