CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REPORT
The directors of Petrel Resources plc (“Petrel” or the “Company”) recognise the importance of sound corporate governance. As a company whose shares are traded on AIM, the Board has adopted the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code 2018 (“the QCA” Code) for small and mid-sized quoted companies.
In addition, the Company has an established code of conduct for dealings in the shares of the Company by directors.
John Teeling, in his capacity as Chairman, has assumed responsibility for ensuring that the Company has appropriate corporate governance standards in place and that these requirements are communicated and applied.
The Board currently consists of 3 directors: the Chairman; the Managing Director and one Non-Executive Director. The Company also has a Chief Financial Officer who also acts as the Company Secretary.
The 10 principles set out in the QCA Code are listed below, with an explanation of how Petrel applies each of the principles and the reason for any aspect of non-compliance. Where reference is made to the Annual Report, it is a reference to the latest Annual Report which can be viewed at the following link http://petrelresources.com/investors/financial-reports.
- Establish a strategy and business model which promote long-term value for shareholders
The Company has a clearly defined strategy and business model that has been adopted by the Board.
The Company strategy is the appraisal and exploitation of the assets currently owned. Concurrent with this process, management will continue to use its expertise to acquire additional licence interests for oil and gas exploration to generate long term value for shareholders. The key challenges in executing this are referred to in paragraph 4 below.
- Seek to understand and meet shareholder needs and expectations
All shareholders are encouraged to attend the Company’s Annual General Meetings where they can meet and directly communicate with the Board. After the close of business at the Annual General Meeting, the Chairman makes an up to date corporate presentation and opens the floor to questions from shareholders.
Shareholders are also welcome to contact the Company via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific queries.
The Company also provides regulatory, financial and business news updates through the Regulatory News Service (RNS) and various media channels. Shareholders also have access to information through the Company’s website http://petrelresources.com/, which is updated on a regular basis and which includes the latest corporate presentation on the Group. Contact details are also provided on the website.
- Take into account wider stakeholder and social responsibilities and their implications for long-term success
The Board is committed to having the highest degree possible of Corporate Social Responsibility in how the Company undertakes its activities.
We aim to have an uncompromising stance on health, safety, environment and community relations. The Company policy is that all Company activities are carried out in compliance with safety regulations, in a culture where the safety of personnel is paramount. The Company will ensure an appropriate level of contact and negotiation with all stakeholders including landowners, community groups and regional and national authorities and will seek to obtain feedback from such stakeholders. This is carried out by David Horgan and local management in Ghana and Ireland.
- Embed effective risk management, considering both opportunities and threats, throughout the organisation
The Board regularly reviews the risks to which the Company is exposed and ensures through its meetings and regular reporting that these risks are minimised as far as possible whilst recognising that its business opportunities carry an inherently high level of risk. The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company at this stage in this development and in the foreseeable future are detailed in on pages 12 & 13 of the Annual Report, together with risk mitigation strategies employed by the Board.
- Maintain the board as a well-functioning, balanced team led by the chair
The Board’s role is to agree the Company’s long-term direction and strategy and monitor achievement its business objectives. The Board meets formally at least 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, operational and financial matters.
The Board is supported by the audit and remuneration and the nomination committees, detailed below.
The Board comprises the Chairman, John Teeling, the Managing Director David Horgan and Riadh Mahmoud Hameed, an independent Non-executive Director appointed on 12 June 2019.
All directors are subject to re-election intervals as prescribed in the Company’s Articles of Association. At each Annual General Meeting one-third of the Directors who are subject to retirement by rotation, shall retire from office. They can then offer themselves for re-election.
On appointment, each director receives a letter of appointment from the Company. The Non- Executive Directors will receive a fee for their services as a director which is approved by the Board, being mindful of the time commitment and responsibilities of their roles and of current market rates for comparable organisations and appointments. The non-executive Directors are reimbursed for travelling and other incidental expenses incurred on Company business.
- Ensure that between them the directors have the necessary up-to-date experience, skills and capabilities
The Board considers the current balance of sector, financial and public market skills and experience which it embodies is appropriate for the size and stage of development of the Company and that the Board has the skills and requisite experience necessary to execute the Company’s strategy and discharge its fiduciary duties effectively.
Details of the current Board of Directors’ biographies are as follows:
John Teeling, Executive Chairman
John Teeling is executive chairman of Petrel Resources. He has 40 years’ resources experience. John Teeling is also involved in a number of other AIM exploration companies. He is a founder of a number of companies in the resource sector including African Diamonds, Pan Andean Resources, Minco, African Gold, Persian Gold and West African Diamonds, all listed on AIM. John Teeling holds degrees in Economics and Business from University College Dublin, an MBA from Wharton and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard. He lectured for 20 years in business and finance at University College Dublin.
David Horgan, Managing Director
David Horgan has over 20 years’ experience in oil and gas and resources projects in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East through a number of AIM listed companies including Clontarf Energy, Petrel Resources and Pan Andean Resources. He previously worked at Kenmare where he raised finance, captured the premium graphite worldwide market and evaluated investment opportunities. Prior to that he worked with Boston Consulting Group internationally for seven years. He holds a first class law degree from Cambridge and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School.
Riadh Maymoud Hameed, Non-executive Director
Riadh Mahmoud Hameed was appointed as a non-executive director of Petrel on 12 June 2019. Riadh is a quality control engineer working for an aerospace component company based in the USA. Prior experience has included over a decade of working in the oil and gas sector, to include six years working for Petrel as a co-ordinator for its projects in Iraq.
Directors and Management
All Directors have access to the Company Secretary who is responsible for ensuring that Board procedures and applicable rules and regulations are observed.
The Board as a whole considers the Non-Executive Directors to be independent of management and free from any business or other relationship which could materially interfere with the exercise of independent judgement.
- Evaluate board performance based on clear and relevant objectives, seeking continuous improvement
Review of the Company’s progress against the long term strategy and aims of the business provides a means to measure the effectiveness of the Board. This progress is reviewed in Board meetings held at least four times a year. The Board meets regularly throughout the year. The Board is responsible for formulating, reviewing and approving the Group’s strategy, financial activities and operating performance. The Managing Director performance is reviewed once a year by the rest of the Board and measured against a definitive list of short, medium and long-term strategic targets set by the Board.
- Promote a corporate culture that is based on ethical values and behaviours
The Board recognises that their decisions regarding strategy and risk will impact the corporate culture of the Company and that this will impact performance. The Board is very aware that the tone and culture set by the Board will greatly impact all aspects of the Company and the way that contractors behave. The exploration for and development of oil and gas resources can have significant impact in the areas where the Company and its contractors are active and it is important that the communities in which we operate view Company’s activities positively. Therefore, the importance of sound ethical values and behaviours is crucial to the ability of the Company to successfully achieve its corporate objectives. The Board places great importance on this aspect of corporate life and seeks to ensure that this is reflected in all the Company does.
The Company also has an established code for Directors’ dealings in securities which is appropriate for a company whose securities are traded on AIM, and is in accordance with Rule 21 of the AIM rules and the Market Abuse Regulation.
- Maintain governance structures and processes that are fit for purpose and support good decision-making by the board
The Board has overall responsibility for all aspects of the business. The Chairman is responsible for overseeing the running of the Board, ensuring that no individual or group dominates the Board’s decision-making. The Chairman has overall responsibility for corporate governance matters in the Company and chairs the Nomination Committee. The Managing Director has the responsibility for implementing the strategy of the Board and managing the day-to-day business activities of the Company. The Company Secretary is responsible for ensuring that Board procedures are followed and applicable rules and regulations are complied with.
The Nomination Committee comprises the Chairman, the Managing Director, the Company Secretary and the Non-Executive Director and meets at least once per year to examine Board appointments and to make recommendations to the Board in accordance with best practice and other applicable rules and regulations.
The Audit Committee, which is chaired by Managing Director, David Horgan, and also includes Riadh Maymoud Hameed meets at least twice a year and 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 Auditors taking account of any non-audit services provided by them.
The Remuneration Committee is comprised of David Horgan and John Teeling. The Remuneration Committee meets at least once a year to determine the appropriate remuneration for the Company’s executive directors, ensuring that this reflects their performance and that of the Company. The Company has a share option scheme for directors.
The Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee were formed during 2018 but did not hold any meetings during the year. As a result, separate reports for both the Audit and Remuneration Committees have not been included in the annual report. This is a departure from the QCA Code and the board has resolved to hold the required meetings of the Committees during 2019 and will include the relevant reporting within the 2019 annual report.
- Communicate how the company is governed and is performing by maintaining a dialogue with shareholders and other relevant stakeholders
The Board is committed to maintaining good communication and having constructive dialogue with its shareholders. Institutional shareholders and analysts have the opportunity to discuss issues and provide feedback at meetings with the Company.
Investors also have access to current information on the Company though its website http://petrelresources.com/ and through David Horgan, Managing Director, who is available to answer investor relations enquiries. In addition, all shareholders are encouraged to attend the Company’s Annual General Meeting and any other General Meetings that are held throughout the year.
The Company’s financial reports can be found here: http://petrelresources.com/investors/financial-reports.
Last updated 5th February 2021