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Corporate Governance

The Directors recognise the benefits of good corporate governance and are committed to a high standard of compliance with the provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2016 (the Code).

The Directors ensure that the Company keeps up to date with all corporate governance developments and best practice wherever practical.

The Code governs the relationship between the constituent parts of the Company, namely the Board and its committees; leadership; effectiveness; accountability; remuneration and relations with shareholders.

We have restructured the relationship between our two principal boards – Charles Stanley Group PLC (the holding company, or CSG) and Charles Stanley & Co. Limited (the principal regulated entity, or CSC) – and reorganised the committee arrangements. Under the new framework, which came into effect in March 2017:

The CSG Board has been charged with the responsibility to set strategy for the Group and to monitor the performance of the operating subsidiaries; and

The CSC Board has been charged with the responsibility to oversee, govern and direct the operation of CSC and the Group’s other regulated subsidiary in line with the Group strategy.

The Group’s committee structure remains unchanged, with the Audit, Remuneration and Risk Committees operating as joint committees of both boards. CSC has now established a separate Nomination Committee, with Sir David Howard chairing the CSG Nomination Committee and Andrew Didham chairing that of CSC.

There are two companies within the Group that are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority: Charles Stanley & Co. Limited and Charles Stanley Investment Choices Limited. 

The Matters Reserved for the Charles Stanley Group PLC Board can be viewed here.

The Board of Charles Stanley Group PLC comprises three Executive Directors, and five Non-executive Directors. A short biography of each can be found below. 

The board

Directors of Charles Stanley Group PLC


Sir David Howard Bt. MA, Dsc, FCSI (Hon)

Sir David is non-executive Director of Charles Stanley Group PLC having joined Charles Stanley in 1967. He also chairs the CSG Nomination Committee. He became Managing Partner in 1971, Managing Director (on incorporation of the partnership) in 1988, and Chairman in 1999.  He was Lord Mayor of London in 2000-2001.  He has served on Stock Exchange, CREST and LIFFE committees and as a director of the Financial Service Skills Council, as chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), the Council of City University, The CityUK Education Training and Qualifications Group, and as President of the Chartered Management Institute.  He is an alternate member of the Takeover Panel and serves on the EUI Settlements Appeals Panel.  He is a director of the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association and has been chairman for many years of the London Gardens Society.

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Abberley

Paul took up the Chief Executive Officer role at Charles Stanley in December 2014. A graduate of Keble College, Oxford, Paul joined Charles Stanley as Chief Investment Officer in June 2014. Prior to this appointment Paul was the interim Chief Executive Officer of Aviva Investors Holdings Ltd and Aviva Investors Global Services Ltd, and a member of the Aviva Group Executive Committee, leading a series of strategic re-alignments with Aviva Investors Holdings Ltd where he had worked since 2008.
Prior to Aviva Investors, Paul spent eight years at ABN AMRO Asset Management as Chief Investment Officer for the company’s Fixed Income and Investment Solutions Division as well as being Chairman of the company’s London Board and a member of the Global Executive Management Team. 

Chief Financial Officer

Ben Money-Coutts

Ben is the Chief Financial Officer and was appointed as a Director of Charles Stanley Group PLC on 10 June 2015. Ben joined Charles Stanley in May 2013 from Saltus Partners LLP where, since 2007, he had been a Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Saltus LLP Ben was Head of Corporate Broking at Bridgewell Securities. He qualified as an ACA at Arthur Andersen, worked at Charterhouse from 1987 to 2000 and was then a Corporate Finance Managing Director at ING Barings from 2000 to 2003. His role at Charles Stanley has included acting as Chief Operating Officer of the Charles Stanley Financial Services division and separately as interim Group Head of Compliance. 


Gary Teper

Gary was appointed as a Director of Charles Stanley Group PLC in July 2012.   As a Bachelor of Law LLB (Hons) with an MSc in Financial Regulation, Gary initially qualified as a solicitor in a London law firm before joining Charles Stanley in November 1998.  Following promotion in 2000, he acted as Group Company Secretary from 2000 to 2012.  Gary also held the position of Director of Charles Stanley & Co. Limited from April 2005 to March 2017.  He is responsible for the Investment Management Services division and has oversight of the Legal function. In October 2016, Gary joined the Board of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments as a Non-Executive Director and Trustee.  He was appointed as a director of Charles Stanley Investment Choices Limited in May 2017.   

Non-Executive Director

Marcia Campbell

Marcia Campbell joined Charles Stanley as a non-executive director in October 2017.  Marcia chairs the Risk Committee and sits on the Audit Committee as well as both the CSG and CSC Nomination Committees. Marcia was formerly a Group Operations Director and CEO Asia Pacific at Standard Life. She currently sits on the boards of Sainsbury's Bank plc, Murray International Trust plc, The Canada Life Group (U.K.) Limited and CNP Assurances (a company listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange). Marcia is also a member of Aviva’s independent governance committee and the Chair of the oversight board of Woodford Investment Management.

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Didham

Andrew Didham joined Charles Stanley as a non-executive director in September 2015.  Andrew chairs CSC, the regulated entity in the Group, and the CSC Nomination Committee. He also sits on the Audit, Remuneration, and Risk Committees as well as the CSG Nomination Committee. Andrew is a member of the board of NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd and was Group Finance Director of the worldwide Rothschild group for 16 years from 1997 to 2012. Until 2014 he was a member of Rothschild's Group Management Committee.  Andrew is a non-executive director of Shawbrook Group plc and (from 2 October 2017) Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group PLC.  A partner of KPMG from 1990 to 1997, Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Honorary Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Business and Law at London Metropolitan University. In addition to his broad general management role in Rothschild, his past experience includes audit responsibility for a number of global financial institutions, assignments on behalf of the Bank of England and of the EU, and extensive dealings with regulatory authorities in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA as well as the UK.

Non-Executive Director

Hugh Grootenhuis

Hugh Grootenhuis joined Charles Stanley as a non-executive director in September 2017.  Hugh chairs the Audit Committee and sits on the each of the Remuneration and Risk Committees as well as both the CSG and CSC Nomination Committees. Hugh is a director of S.W.Mitchell Capital Public Limited Company (since 1 January 2016) and Bridge Fund Management Limited (since 1 September 2016).  Both these companies are registered in Ireland.  Hugh was formerly Chief Executive of Waverton Investment Management (previously J O Hambro Investment Management).

Non-Executive Director

Bridget Guerin MA (Cantab)

Bridget Guerin joined Charles Stanley as a non-executive director in September 2012. She has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently serving as a director of Matrix Group Limited. Prior to that Bridget was Marketing Director of Schroder Unit Trusts Limited. Bridget is chair of the Remuneration Committee and also sits on the Risk Committee as well as both the CSG and CSC Nomination Committees. Other appointments include Mobeus Income & Growth VCT PLC, Schroder Income Growth Fund PLC, Cantab Quantitative Fund, Cantab Core Macro Fund, Cantab Capital LTIP Limited and Invesco Perpetual UK Smaller Companies Trust plc. She is also a member of the York Race Committee and a trustee of the York Racecourse Pension Fund.

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Remuneration Committee

In accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, the Remuneration Committee was established to ensure that there is a formal and transparent procedure in place to monitor the remuneration of executive directors. The committee comprises 3 members; Bridget Guerin, Andrew Didham and Hugh Grootenhuis.

The Committee’s function is to agree a broad framework for the remuneration of executive directors and ensure that this is reviewed on a regular basis. The Committee will also review the share incentive scheme, any performance-related pay schemes and pension arrangements. The Committee will prepare a report on remuneration policy and practices to be included in the Company’s Annual Report.

Terms of Reference

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Audit Committee

The Group has established an Audit Committee with the role and responsibilities described in the UK Corporate Governance Code. The Committee comprises 3 members; Hugh Grootenhuis, Andrew Didham and Marcia Campbell. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis.

The Committee is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the Group’s internal audit function and considering reports from internal audit on internal controls and risk management. It is also responsible for ensuring an objective and professional relationship is maintained with the Group’s external auditors.

The role of the Audit Committee includes reviewing the independence and the nature of non-audit services supplied and non-audit fee levels relative to the audit fee. The Committee is satisfied that the independence of the auditors has not been impaired by providing these services.

Terms of Reference

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CSG Nomination Committee

The CSG Nomination Committee establishes a clear policy for the appointment of new directors and the monitoring of the performance of existing executives. The Committee's role is to monitor the effectiveness of the Board as a whole and to consider whether it comprises of an appropriate balance of experience, knowledge and independence.

The committee comprises of 5 members; Sir David Howard, Bridget Guerin, Marcia Campbell, Andrew Didham and Hugh Grootenhuis.

The Committee is responsible for the evaluation of new appointments to the Board, succession planning for existing directors and the termination of director service contracts. The Committee will prepare a report to be included in the Company's Annual Report.

Terms of Reference

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Charles Stanley Group PLC results of AGM

Result of AGM 2018

Result of AGM 2017

Result of AGM 2016


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