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Corporate Governance

Role of the Board

The Board of Directors is responsible to shareholders for the strategic direction and management and control of the Group’s activities and is committed to high standards of Corporate Governance in achieving these goals. The application of the principles contained in the Combined Code is described in the Annual Report. Matters reserved for the Board are set out here.

Women on Boards

The Board of Shaftesbury PLC has approved a policy in line with recommendations in the Hampton-Alexander Review, which follows the Davies Review. The Board of Shaftesbury PLC considers its current composition has the appropriate balance of skills and diversity to meet the demands of the business. Diversity encompasses all aspects including gender and is considered during the search and selection process for executive and non-executive Directors. The Board does not consider it appropriate at this stage to set quotas for board representation, but will monitor developments in best practice. More detail is contained in the Annual Report.