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Corporate governance

Corporate governance underpins our culture, behaviour and how we conduct our business every day.

The Board leads the Company, oversees the governance of the Group and sets strategy. It plays a key role in setting the tone of the Group’s culture and values.

The management delivers the strategy within the framework and standards set by the Board, with the Board retaining responsibility for overseeing, guiding and holding management to account.

The Company follows the principles of best practice set out in the UK Corporate Governance Code underpinning long-term sustainable success. The Board discharges its responsibilities either directly or through its Committees.

Following the principles of best practice

Committees

Audit & Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee oversees the financial reporting, risk management and internal control procedures.

Committee Composition

Ross Paterson

Ilaria del Beato

Professor Sir Steve Smith

Terms of reference

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee oversees the performance of the Group’s health and safety and helps drive the Group’s Safe and Secure promise.

Committee Composition

Professor Sir Steve Smith

Elizabeth McMeikan

Ilaria del Beato

Dame Shirley Pearce DBE

Richard Smith

Terms of reference

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee reviews the structure, size, composition, skills and experience of the Board and focuses on succession planning with due regard to diversity.

Committee Composition

Richard Huntingford

Elizabeth McMeikan

Ross Paterson

Ilaria del Beato

Professor Sir Steve Smith

Dame Shirley Pearce DBE

Thomas Jackson

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Terms of reference

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee determines the remuneration policy in consultation with shareholders for the remuneration of the Board and the implementation of this policy.

Committee Composition

Elizabeth McMeikan

Ross Paterson

Dame Shirley Pearce DBE

Professor Sir Steve Smith

Terms of reference

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee oversees the implementation of the Sustainability Strategy and helps ensure Unite Students is a responsible, resilient and sustainable business.

Committee Composition

Dame Shirley Pearce DBE

Richard Smith

Ross Paterson

Ilaria del Beato

Thomas Jackson

Terms of reference