Corporate Governance Statement

Statement by the Directors in performance of their statutoryduties in accordance with s172(1) Companies Act 2006

The Directors of the Company, as those of all UK companies, must act in accordance with a set of general duties. These duties are detailed in Section 172 of the UK Companies Act 2006 (“Section 172”) which is summarised as follows:

A director of a company must act in the way they consider, in good faith, would be most likely to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its shareholders as a whole and, in so doing have regards (amongst other matters) to:

  • The likely consequences of any decision in the long-term;
  • The interests of the Company’s employees;
  • The need to foster the Company’s business relationships with suppliers, customers and others;
  • The impact of the Company’s operations on the community and environment;
  • The desirability of the Company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct; and
  • The need to act fairly between shareholders of the Company.

The Directors are aware of their responsibilities to promote the success of the Company in accordance with Section 172. Additional training and advice will be provided to the Board as required to ensure continued compliance with these duties.

Long term consequences

In assessing the long term consequences of strategic decisions the Board seeks to engage with all of its stakeholders. The stakeholder voice is brought into the boardroom through information provided by management and also by direct engagement with stakeholders themselves at the AGM and through other forms of communication.

Our key stakeholders are our regulators (NSTA, EA, HSE, Planning authorities), local communities, shareholders, staff, our joint venture partners and our suppliers and contractors. Egdon engages directly withall regulators and as an active member of UKOOG, the onshore oil and gas industry body, engages on strategic matters with Government and regulators. The Company seeks to engage with the communities in which we operate through a dedicated website ( and via Community Liaison Groups (e.g. Wressle, Biscathorpe) and local newsletters. Egdon engages with its shareholders through release of news via RNS, online presentations and roadshows at its interim and preliminary results, the AGM and through responding to calls and correspondence.

Interest of employees

Due to the size of the Company, Egdon’s employees have direct access to both the Executives and Non-executives to raise any issues or concerns. We endeavour to provide safe working conditions which enable employees to perform well and develop their potential. During this year we have continued to ensure safe working practices in line with Government guidance to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19.

Business relationships

We aim to work responsibly with our joint venture partners and suppliers and have anti-corruption and anti-modern slavery clauses where appropriate in our contracts for materials and services.

Impact of operations

Egdon is fully committed to high standards of Health, Safety and Environmental (“HSE”) management, protection and performance. A full HSE report is considered at every board meeting. During the reporting year there was one reportable health and safety incident and the Company was compliant with all of its environmental permits and planning consents.

The Company has introduced a Climate Change Policy.

Maintaining reputation

The Board is committed to ensuring that Egdon maintains a high standard for business conduct across all aspects of the business and with all stakeholders.

Papers prepared by management for Board approval will highlight relevant stakeholder issues to be considered as part of the decision making.

Acting fairly

The relevance of each stakeholder group may increase or decrease depending on the matter or issue in question, so the Board will seek to consider the needs and priorities of each stakeholder group during its discussions and as part of its decision making.

Corporate Governance Statement

The Directors recognise the importance of sound corporate governance and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance. As a company whose shares are traded on AIM, the Board has adopted and complies with the Quoted Companies Alliance’s Corporate Governance Code (“the QCA Code”). In addition, the Directors have adopted a code of conduct for dealings in the shares of the Company by Directors and employees. The Non-executive Chairman, has responsibility for ensuring that the Company has appropriate corporate governance standards in place and that these requirements are followed and applied. The corporate governance arrangements that the Board has adopted are designed to ensure that the Company delivers long-term value to its shareholders and that shareholders can express their views and expectations for the Company in a manner that encourages open dialogue with the Board. The Board recognises that its decisions regarding strategy and risk will affect the corporate culture of the Company as a whole and in turn the performance of the Company. The Board is very aware that the tone and culture set by the Board will determine the nature of the Company as a whole and the way that employees behave. A large part of the Company’s activities is centered upon what needs to be an open and respectful dialogue with investors, whether they be individuals or corporate. Therefore, the importance of sound ethical values and behaviors is crucial to the ability of the Company to achieve its corporate objectives. The Board places great importance on this aspect of corporate life and seeks to ensure that this flows through all that the Company does.

The Board reviews investor engagement, public relations and health and safety performance as a routine part of every board meeting to ensure these cultural objectives and the principles defined in QCA code principles 2 – 4, 8 and 10 are being met. The Board currently consists of six Directors, of whom two are Executive and four are Non-executive. The Board believes that the shareholdings of Non-executives are not large enough to render them not independent and that all Non-executive Directors are independent. The Board is conscious that some Non-executive Directors have served for a significant number of years but believes that their independently professional background qualifications and the arms’ length nature of the working relationships between the Non-executive Directors and the Executive Directors means that this does not compromise their independence.

The Board continues to consider whether it would be appropriate to seek to appoint additional Non-executive and/or Executive Directors but currently believes that appropriate oversight of the Company is provided. This view will continue to be reviewed by the Board.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year. day of preparation time per meeting. The Non-executive Directors are contracted for seventeen days per year and the Executive Directors are full-time. The Directors undertake a formal process to evaluate the functioning of the Board which is undertaken on an annual basis via an anonymous questionnaire process and a follow up call with any issues or recommendations reported and actions identified to address these.