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.  

Corporate Governance Report

The QCA Code sets out 10 principles which should be applied. These are listed below together with a short explanation of how the Company applies each of the principles:

Deliver Growth


QCA Code Principle

What Egdon does and why


Establish a strategy and business model which promote long-term value for shareholders

Egdon’s strategy is explained fully within the  Strategic Report section on pages 7 to 18 of the Report and Financial  Statements for the year ended 31 July 2022.  

Our strategy is focused  around four near term objectives as detailed on page 8 of the Strategic Report.  

The key risks to the business and how these are mitigated are detailed on pages 17 to 18 of the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31July 2022.


Seek to understand and meet shareholder needs and expectations

The Board is committed to investing all resources in the Company and accordingly intends to defer payment of any dividends until such time as the portfolio of assets is self-sustaining. Egdon encourages two-way communication with both its institutional and private investors and responds quickly to all queries received. The Chairman, Executive Directors and senior managers talk regularly with the Company’s major shareholders and analysts and invite them to presentations immediately following publication of both the interim and final results. They then ensure that investors’ views are communicated fully to the Board.

Research is made available through the Company’s brokers and through Edison Investment Research Limited to ensure that a non-introspective viewpoint is also available to private and institutional investors alike.

The Board recognises the AGM as an important opportunity to meet private shareholders. The Board encourages open questioning and sought shareholder questions in advance of the last closed AGM via email/internet.

Where voting decisions are not in line with the Company’s expectations the Board will engage with those shareholders to understand and address any issues. The Chairman is the main point of contact for such matters.

The largest shareholders, Petrichor Partners LP. and Harbour Energy plc do not currently have a seat on the Board.


Take into account wider stakeholder and social responsibilities and their implications for long-term success

Egdon is fully committed to safe and environmentally sensitive working in all  aspects of its business and all communities in which it operates. This is  evidenced and underpinned by the detailed work done with HSE on all  operations and the pride with which the Board was able to record only one  reportable health, safety or environmental incidents during the year to 31  July 2022.      

Egdon  encourages feedback at the AGM and at other times from investors and the  public at    large. We utilise social media such as Twitter® to communicate Egdon and UK onshore industry news and we closely monitor responses on this and bulletin boards.


Embed effective risk management, considering both opportunities and threats, throughout the organisation

Risk Management on pages 17 to 18 of the  Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2022 details risks  to the business, how these are mitigated and the change in the identified  risk over the last reporting period.

The Board formally reviews, reclassifies and tabulates the principal risks to the business on a regular basis and any  update is reported at each board meeting. Whenever a change to the business environment is identified the Board considers whether this affects any particular risk or mitigation strategy.  

Maintain A Dynamic Management Framework


QCA Code Principle

What Egdon does and why


Maintain the board as a well‑functioning, balanced team led by the chair.

The Company is controlled by the Board of Directors. Philip Stephens, the  Non-executive Chairman, is responsible for the running of the Board and Mark  Abbott, the Managing Director, has executive responsibility for running the Company’s business and implementing strategy.

All Directors receive regular and timely information on the Company’s operational and financial performance. Board Papers are circulated to all Directors in advance of meetings, together with other relevant information. In addition, minutes of the meetings of the Directors are circulated to the Directors for  review and correction before being tabled for signature by the Chairman at  the next meeting. All Directors have direct access to the advice and services  of the Company Secretary and can take independent professional advice in the  furtherance of their duties, if necessary, at the Company’s expense.

The Board comprises two Executive Directors and four Non-executive Directors. The Board considers that all Non-executive Directors bring an independent judgement to bear and that their various backgrounds foster consideration of many viewpoints.

The Board meets at least eight times per annum. It has established an Audit Committee and a Remuneration Committee, particulars of which appear hereafter. The Board agreed that appointments to the Board are made by the Board as a whole and so has not created a Nominations Committee.

Audit Committee and Report

An Audit Committee has been established and currently comprises Ken Ratcliff (Chairman) and Philip Stephens. The Audit Committee is responsible for ensuring that the financial performance of the Group is properly reported on and monitored. This includes reviewing significant financial reporting issues and accounting policies and disclosures in financial reports. The Audit Committee reviews the scope and results of the external audit and monitors the integrity of the financial statements of the Company. If required, meetings are attended by appropriate members of senior management. The external auditor has unrestricted access to the Chairman of the committee. The Audit Committee is also responsible for reviewing the requirement for an internal audit function. The Audit Committee plans to meet at least twice a year. Matters of audit planning, accounting judgement and audit risks were considered by the committee during the year and in their meeting with senior representatives from the Company’s auditors.

The Chairman of the committee, Ken Ratcliff, advised the Board of the outcome of the committee’s deliberations and remains available for direct approach from the auditors should that be necessary.

Remuneration Committee and Report

A Remuneration Committee has been established and its current members comprise Walter Roberts (Chairman), Philip Stephens and Ken Ratcliff. The principal objective of the Remuneration Committee is to ensure that members of the Executive management of the Company are provided with appropriate incentives to encourage enhanced performance and are, in a fair and responsible manner, rewarded for their individual contributions to the success of the Group. The Company’s policy is to remunerate senior Executives fairly in such a manner as to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and motivation of staff. The Remuneration Committee agrees with the Board a framework for the remuneration of the Chairman, the Executive Directors, and the senior management of the Company. Non-executive fees are considered and agreed by the Board as a whole. The Remuneration committee plans to meet at least twice in each year to consider salary increases for Executive and Non-executive Directors.

The Non-executive Directors are contracted to provide more time to the Company than in practice has been needed and no significant lack of availability has been identified.


Ensure that between them the directors have the necessary up-to-date experience, skills and capabilities

The Board believes that between the Directors there should be a complete range of  current relevant experience. It also believes that its members should have as full a variety as possible of personal attributes and experience. The extent to which any prospective Director adds to this is an essential part of the  appointment process.

The  Board as a whole has regular briefings, training and refresher seminars in  respect of Corporate Governance matters including the AIM Rules and Market  Abuse Regulations.      

Individual Directors are active in other businesses and activities relevant to their  specific skills and attend ad-hoc training, seminars and conferences. The Board is aware of the gender imbalance of the current Board and will look to address this matter over time.


Evaluate board performance based on clear and relevant objectives, seeking continuous improvement

The Board carries out an evaluation of its performance annually, taking into account the Financial Reporting Council’s Guidance on Board Effectiveness.

All Directors will undergo a performance evaluation before being proposed for re-election to ensure that their performance is and continues to be effective, that where appropriate they maintain their independence and that  they are demonstrating continued commitment to the role.      

All continuing Directors stand for re-election at least every 3 years.


Promote a corporate culture that is based on ethical values and behaviours

The Board recognises that its decisions regarding ethics, strategy and risk will determine the whole corporate culture of the Company and that this will in turn determine the long-term performance of the Company. The Company’s success relies on establishing and maintaining a relationship of trust and respect with Government and its various national and local agencies, the HSE, local people in its areas of operations and its industry partners and contractors. The Board is therefore resolved to ensure that sound ethical values and behaviour are core to the culture of the Company.

The Company has adopted, with effect from the date on which its shares were first admitted to AIM, a code for Directors’ and employees’ dealings insecurities which is appropriate for a company whose securities are traded on AIM, and is in accordance with rule 21 of the AIM rules. The Chairman and the Company Secretary are responsible for administering the code and have always adopted a conservative approach in doing so.


Maintain governance structures and processes that are fit for purpose and support good decision-making by the board

This Corporate Governance Statement details the Company’s governance structures and why they are appropriate and suitable for the Company.


Communicate how the company is governed and is performing by maintaining a dialogue with shareholders and other relevant stakeholders.

Egdon encourages two-way communication with both its institutional and private  investors and endeavours  to respond quickly to all queries received. The Chairman and the Managing Director talk regularly with the Company’s major shareholders and invite them to  presentations immediately following publication of both the interim and final results. They then ensure that   investors’ views are communicated fully to the Board.

Research is made available through the Company’s brokers and through Edison Investment Research Limited to ensure that a non-introspective viewpoint is also available to private and institutional investors alike.

The Board recognises the AGM as an important forum to meet private shareholders. The Chairman has a record of allowing wide-ranging discussion at the AGM even  when not germane to the resolution being discussed. The AGM invariably includes a presentation by the Managing Director and others on developments which have occurred since the Annual Report went to press. All such presentations are also made available via Egdon’s website

Investors also have access to current information on the Company through its website and via Mark Abbott (Managing Director) Martin Durham (Technical Director) and James Elston (Director of Egdon Resources U.K. Limited) who are available to answer investor relations enquiries.