For the purpose of AIM Rule 26, the recognised corporate governance code that the Board has decided to adopt is the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate
Governance Code (‘QCA Code’). The Board believes the QCA Code provides the most appropriate framework of governance arrangements for the Company,
considering the size and stage of development of the Company’s business. The following information is a summary of how we currently comply with the key
principles listed in the QCA code:
The Board meets at least five times a year and in addition to the formal scheduled meetings, the Board holds informal discussions with Executive Directors and senior operational managers.
The Board has a schedule of matters reserved for its approval which includes strategy, acquisition and disposal of subsidiaries and intellectual property, annual budgets and progress to the achievement of these budgets, reviews of any significant risks facing the Group, receiving reports on the views of Company shareholders, consideration of major capital projects, and significant financing matters.
The Board has delegated certain powers and duties to the Board Committees, all of which operate within clearly defined terms of reference and in accordance with the Code, where applicable.
Last updated 06 April 2021
Stephen is currently Non-executive chairman of JSE listed Datatec Limited and holds Non-executive Director roles at Informa plc and MCB Group Ltd. In his earlier career, Stephen was CFO, then CEO, of Telewest Communications plc and Vice Chairman of investment banking at WestLB Panmure.
Chief Executive Officer
Dave has diverse commercial and technical IT experience. He has advised on multinational corporate business systems, with roles in enterprise, outsourcing, software and hardware companies. Dave was the founding member of the management team at Nexagent, a venture funded software business acquired by EDS in 2008. In 1998, Dave established and led the Consulting team for the $1 billion European Service Provider line of business at Cisco. Before this, Dave worked at IBM Global Services, BT Global Services and NatWest on numerous aspects of corporate IT infrastructure.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve joined Actual Experience in October 2013. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY and subsequently has spent most of his career in the technology sector. Initially Steve worked as EMEA Finance Director at several Nasdaq quoted technology companies where he gained valuable international experience as well as leading the accounting, HR, legal, and administrative functions. This period included leadership of the team put in place to establish Amazon’s European operations, including managing the early hyper-growth in the UK and Germany. Subsequently Steve has worked at VC funded UK-based technology companies; a highlight of this period included the trade sale of Content Technologies for approximately $1 billion.
Kirsten is currently an Independent Non Executive Director at Euroclear UK (EUI) and Chairs the Nominations, Remuneration and Governance Committee. Previously, Kirsten has held executives roles in FTSE 25, SME and Private Equity businesses internationally including CEO and Chair assignments.
The former Director General of OFT and Oftel, Sir Bryan Carsberg brings to the Board vast experience of the communications industry. He was instrumental in introducing competition regulation in the telecoms industry, has held board positions with Cable & Wireless Communications plc, Inmarsat plc and RM plc, and in 2002 was Expert Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee to undertake pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed new Communications bill, now the Communications Act, 2003. His expertise will be particularly valuable in Actual Experience’s on-going work in improving the digital quality of the internet.