In my role of Chairman of the Board, I have a duty to shareholders to ensure that the Board works effectively and efficiently in following its strategic objectives, which are detailed here.
My role is very much to lead the Board and to guide the Executive Team in developing, and then delivering, the strategy for the Group. The Board ensures that the Executive Team continues to remain focused not just on delivering the Group's strategy and long-term, sustainable shareholder value but also an excellent, world leading service to their customers.
I believe also that the role of the Board as a whole is to lead the Company, setting the culture of the organisation, and I am proud of the S.P.I.R.I.T values that John Menzies embraces.
Following a review of our Board structure, the Board decided to appoint a Chief Executive Officer during 2014. We are pleased to welcome Jeremy Stafford who joined us in October 2014. Together with Paula Bell, Chief Financial Officer, we now have two Executive Directors on the Board.
The Board now has seven Directors. Alongside the two Executive Directors, we have four non-Executive Directors, three of whom are independent and a Non-Executive Chairman. Each year the Nomination Committee reviews the structure of the Board, looking at the skills and abilities, together with time served by the members of the Board, to ensure that a balance is achieved and any proposals are presented to the Board.
Full details of the operation of the Board are contained in the Annual Report and Accounts of the Company, which can be viewed here.