As an AIM listed company, Seeing Machines Limited is not required to comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014 (the UK Code) adopted by the London Stock Exchange. However, the directors have chosen to make the following disclosures to meet the provisions of the UK Code deemed most relevant to AIM listed companies, and specifically having considered the size, nature and scope of the Company’s activities.
The Board of Directors has ultimate responsibility to the shareholders for the welfare of the Company by guiding and monitoring the Company’s business affairs. The Board delegates management of the Company’s resources to the executive management team, under the leadership of the Managing Director.
Under the Company’s constitution, directors are elected for three years subject to the requirement that one-third of the directors (excluding Executive Directors) must retire at each annual general meeting. A retiring director may stand for re-election.
A director must declare any conflict of interest, and directors may not participate in discussions or resolutions pertaining to any matter in which the director has a material personal interest without Board approval. In discharging their duties, directors are provided with direct access to senior management and outside advisors and auditors. Board committees and individual directors may seek, with the Chairman’s approval, independent professional advice at the Company’s expense in order to perform their duties.
The Company’s practise is to execute a formal deed with each director and the Company Secretary regarding access to Board papers, indemnity and insurance.
The Board usually meets monthly, with additional meetings when required. The details of directors’ attendance at Board meetings during the year are included in each Annual Report.
The responsibilities of the Board and the roles and division of authority between the Chairman and Managing Director are set down in a Board Charter.
This Charter also provides that the Board will comprise at least five directors, a majority of whom will be independent and non-executive. The Board will appoint one of the independent directors as Chairman.
Appointed as Executive Chairman on 9 May 2017
Ken comes from a long technology and commercialisation background with exposure to a wide variety of industry sectors. He was the founder of international simulation & training business Catalyst Interactive; with offices in three countries and over 100 employees. The organisation was highly recognised for innovation & high customer service levels and was sold to Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown and Root in 2008. Ken has held multiple board directorships, and enjoys mentoring a number of startup entrepreneurs.
Appointed as Deputy Chairman on 9 May 2017
Over the past 45 years, Jim has been involved with heavy equipment dealerships, having retired from WesTrac (Caterpillar dealer for Western Australia, New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory and North East China) after 13 years as CEO.
Jim is also Chairman of Macmahon Holdings Limited (ASX:MAH) and State Training Board (WA) and Non-Executive Director of Programmed Maintenance Services Group Limited (ASX:PRG), RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd and Austin Engineering Limited (ASX:ANG).
Appointed as a Director on 15 January 2014
Over the past twenty-five years, Rudy has founded five digital media technology companies in the US, run a European public company, and served as a senior executive for two global 500 companies. He is widely recognised as an effective, dynamic leader with a proven track record in management, strategic planning, business development, and M&A. Dr Burger is currently Founder and Managing Partner of an investment bank headquartered in California. He also serves as a Board Member of another technology company based in Cambridge, UK. Rudy has a BSc and MSc from Yale University and a PhD from Cambridge University.
Appointed as a Director on 1 February 2016
Mr Carmichael, based in Dallas, is a veteran of the North American transportation and logistics sectors, where he has spent over 40 years of his professional career. Holding numerous senior management and operational positions, he has experience in all aspects of fleet logistics; sales, marketing, operations, business development, and turnaround management. After a proven track record as Vice-President and General Manager of Dedicated Services at Swift Transportation Corporation, Les became CEO of Taylor Companies, the largest independent crude oil transportation company in the US. After retiring as an executive in 2015, Mr Carmichael serves on the board of directors of GlobalTranz, Inc., a venture capital funded, technology focussed, freight forwarding company operating in the US.
Appointed as a Director on 22 March 2016
Mr Ng has extensive engineering and operations experience in the manufacturing sector with multinational corporations. Based in Johor, Malaysia, Mr Ng has been managing the manufacturing operations of V S Industry Berhad (VSI) since 2002 and was appointed as executive director in 2005. VSI is a leading integrated electronics manufacturing services provider and a strategic investor in Seeing Machines Limited. Mr Ng has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Taiwan University and a MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK.
Appointed as a Director on 1 February 2017
Tim Crane is General Manager – Cat Services, Marketing & Digital Division. He joins the Board to further strengthen the relationship between Seeing Machines and Caterpillar Inc. and to help drive safety related revenues for both companies under the existing global agreement for product development, licensing and distribution.
Mr. Crane is based in Peoria, USA and has most recently assumed the leadership role of the Cat Services group and three additional customer-focused solutions businesses – Drone Services, Equipment Management (EM) Services and Cat Analytics. Crane has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing from Baylor University.
Andrew is an experienced legal and commercial executive. He has eight years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, with one of Australia’s largest law firms as well as two NYSE-listed global information technology firms. He also has eight years’ management experience as Group General Manager Commercial (and Company Secretary) for an Australian clean energy company listed on the AIM market. Andrew has experience in commercialising technology, managing intellectual property and structuring and negotiating deals with global partners, as well as capital raising, investor & public relations, corporate governance and ASX & AIM market practice. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
The Board has constituted the following committees.
The responsibilities of each of these committees are as follows:
The terms of reference for the Risk, Audit & Finance Committee state that its duties are to:
The terms of reference for the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee state that its duties are to:
The Board and each Committee has adopted a written Charter.
The Board Charter includes a Director’s code of conduct, modelled on the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Code of Conduct. In addition, each director is bound by all of Seeing Machines’ charters and policies.
The Company has adopted a range of policies and procedures to follow appropriate standards of corporate governance, including:
The Board Charter provides that the Board (or the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee) will regularly assess the skills and competencies required on the Board, and the extent to which current Directors have these skills, and make suggestions for improvements. The Board will also annually review the performance of individual directors, the Board as a whole and the Board’s committees. The Board will determine the manner and form of this performance evaluation.
The Board regularly reviews the performance of senior executives. The Board (and/or the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee) formally reviews the performance of the Managing Director against agreed milestones at least annually. The Managing Director formally reviews the performance of senior executives against agreed KPIs on a regular basis. The Board is responsible for reviewing and approving any issue of equity to staff, and remuneration changes for senior staff.