The Board is authorised to manage the business of the Company on behalf of its shareholders and in accordance with the Company’s Articles of Association. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of the business and for ensuring high standards of corporate governance are maintained throughout the Group.
This is delivered through its own decision-making and authority to manage the business to the Executive Directors of the Company, namely the Chairman and CEO. The Executive Team manages these responsibilities with the help where applicable of internal and external advisers, and by delegating responsibilities to the Senior Management Team.
The Board of Zinc Media Group plc which is chaired by Peter Bertram, meets a set number of times a year and at other times as necessary, to discuss a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved for its decision.
These matters routinely include:
The Board: Zinc Media Group plc has four board members, of whom one is Chairman, one executive and two non-executives. The board formally meets around six times a year, as well as numerous informal discussions.
Chairman: Peter Bertram
Peter is currently Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Microgen plc. He was previously Chairman of Alphameric plc, AttentiV Systems Group plc and Phoenix IT Group plc and also a Non-Executive Director of Anite plc and Psion plc. Peter was Chief Executive of Azlan Group plc from 1998 until its takeover in 2003. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Chief Executive Officer: David Galan
David joined Zinc Media Group in January 2016, initially as CFO. David was appointed as CEO in February 2018. David has previously worked as a CFO in the early stage technology sector and also with medium-sized businesses. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in London, he went on to work in investment banking with Teather & Greenwood, specialising in corporate finance and small cap IPOs. Since 2004, David has held various CFO and CEO roles, including with Picklive, the award winning online gaming start-up. During 2015, David held an interim finance role with Casual Dining Group, the owner and operator of Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia and Belgo restaurant brands, where he managed the integration of the acquisitions of Las Iguanas and La Tasca.
Chief Financial Officer: Will Sawyer
Will joined Zinc Media Group in October 2018. Will was previously Finance Director of ITN Productions. He helped grow it into one of the top independent production companies in the UK over a nine year period, and sold Diagonal View, a digital start-up, to Sky. Prior to this he was a corporate finance manager at the BBC and a senior finance manager at Ofcom. Will qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte, where he specialised in media businesses.
Non-Executive Director: Jonathan Goodwin
Jonathan Goodwin founded Lepe Partners in 2011. Lepe Partners is a merchant bank created to help entrepreneurs and CEOs in the media, consumer and internet sectors grow their businesses. Prior to founding Lepe, Jonathan was CEO and Co-founder of LongAcre Partners, where he built the company into Europe’s leading mid-market media and corporate finance house prior to selling it to Jeffries in 2007. To date, Jonathan has advised on over 100 transactions in the media and internet space. In 2006, Jonathan created the Founders Forum, an entrepreneur’s event held annually in London, New York, Brazil and India. In 2009, Jonathan also Co-Founded PROfounders Capital, an early stage fund backed by entrepreneurs for digital entrepreneurs. Previously, Jonathan focused on the media sector at Apax Partners and later joined the MBI team of Talk Radio, backed by News Corporation and Liberty Media. Talk Radio then became the foundation for The Wireless Group plc, where Jonathan was Group Managing Director. Jonathan is also currently on the advisory board of Opera Solutions and Kelkoo.
Non-Executive Director: Nicholas Taylor
Nicholas has extensive experience of working with growing organisations, principally in the TMT sector. He has worked as a consultant and in-house and has held senior positions in both private and public businesses and in the not for profit sector. His involvement in the media industry started over 20 years ago when he was Head of Finance at Brighter Pictures (now Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine) and encompasses film and television; production, post-production and special effects; factual and entertainment. Between 2011 and 2013 he was Managing Director of The Imaginarium Studios. He is also non-executive director of Maintel Holdings Plc and non-executive chairman of Focus 4 U Ltd.
The Board has determined that the formal appointment of a senior independent Director is not necessary given the current structure and composition of the Board. Furthermore, given the size of the Company, the shareholdings in the Company that the current Board members hold and the active dialogue with institutional shareholders that takes place throughout the year, the Board is of the view that an appointment of a senior independent Director would not currently provide any further benefit in assisting with communication with shareholders.
This comprises the CEO together with the key Directors of:
Television Production: Fiona Stourton
Publishing: Annette Clowes
Digital Communications: Bharti Bhikha
The performance of the Executive Board is appraised annually by the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors.
The Board is comprised of a balance of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. This balance is designed to ensure that no one individual or small group of individuals can dominate the Board’s decision-making.
The audit committee is charged with making recommendations to the Board on the appointment of auditors and the audit fee, for reviewing the conduct and control of the annual audit and for reviewing the operation of the internal financial controls. It also has responsibility for reviewing financial statements prior to publication.
The remuneration committee reviews the performance of the Executive Directors, sets the scale and structure of their remuneration and the basis of their service agreements with due regard to the interests of shareholders and reviews and approves any proposed bonus entitlement. It also determines the allocation of share options to employees.
The appointment of Board members is based on various aspects including: