David Lowden, Chair

On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to present the Company's Corporate Governance Report for the year ended 30 September 2022, which is my first report as your Chair. One of the responsibilities of my role as Chair is to promote and oversee the highest standards of corporate governance within the Board and across the Group.

The Board plays a critical role in ensuring that every part of our Group conducts its business in a manner which is consistent with ethical standards appropriate to a responsible corporate citizen. A sound corporate governance framework with the right systems and controls is key to ensuring sustainable long-term success; we are also very conscious that effective governance is not purely a matter of regulatory compliance but encompasses many issues including operating with integrity and honesty, promoting diversity and enabling better decision-making through inclusion to ensure we balance the needs of all stakeholders and operate in a fair and transparent manner. 

Read the full Corporate Governance Report 2022