AGM Details

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our Annual General Meeting, which is to be held at The Grand Hotel (formally known as Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel), High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5HN on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 11:30am.


Format of the meeting due to the Covid-19 pandemic

We are pleased to confirm that, at the date of posting this Notice, we expect that all Covid-19 restrictions will have been lifted, so we look forward to welcoming shareholders to the meeting for the first time since May 2019.  We will provide refreshments as well as lunch following the meeting.


Shareholder engagement

We recognise that the AGM is an important meeting for shareholders in the annual calendar and your continued engagement and participant is important to us.


How to ask questions

If you would like to submit a question for consideration, please email it to to be received by 5.00pm on 6th May 2022.  We will answer as many as we can on the day, and any unanswered questions will receive a written reply.

The presentation will be made available on the company's website following the AGM.


Resolutions to be determined by poll

As is now established practice, all resolutions will be determined by poll vote, in accordance with best practice.  On a poll, every shareholder has one vote for every share held.


Election and re-election of Directors

As you will know, our Chief Executive, Roger Whiteside, is stepping down from the Board following the close of the AGM, and I will be taking the opportunity to thank him for the service he has given and the excellent shape in which he leaves the Company.  Consequently, Roger will not offer himself for re-election as a Director.

Otherwise, and in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, all of the Directors will, in turn, resign as a Director and offer themselves for election or re-election.  Your Board is delighted to support in particular the elections of Roisin Currie as an Executive Director and Mohamed Elsarky as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

I am pleased to confirm that, following evaluation and recommendation from the Nominations Committee, we are satisfied that each of the Directors seeking election or re-election at the meeting continue to make a valuable contribution to our discussions, has the best interests of the Company at heart, performs effectively and demonstrates commitment to the role, including commitment of time for Board and Committee meetings and any other required duties.


Forms of proxy

A proxy form has been sent out with our Formal Notice of AGM for you to complete (according to the instructions printed on it) and send to the Company's Registrars, Link Group, PXS 1, 10th Floor, Central Square, 29 Wellington Sreet, Leeds, LS1 4DL to be received by 11:30 am on 13h May 2022.  CREST Members can cast their votes using CREST electronic proxy voting (further details of whihc are set out in note 9 on page 5 of the Formal Notice of AGM).


If you are an institutional investor you may be able to appoint a proxy electronically via the Proxymity platform, a process which has been agreed by the Company and approved by the Registrar.  For further information regarding Proxymity, please go to  Your proxy must be lodged by 11.30 am on the 13th May 2022 in order to be considered valid.  Before you can appoint a proxy via this process you will need to have agreed to Proxymity's associated terms and conditions.  It is important that you read these carefully as you will be bound by them and they will govern the electronic appointment of your proxy.



Your Directors believe that all the resolutions in the Notice of Annual General Meeting are in the best interest of the Company and are most likely to promote the success of the Company for the benefit of its shareholders as a whole.  Accordingly, they unanimously recommend that you vote in favour of each resolution, as they intend to do in respect of their own shareholdings in the Company.


Ian Durant





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