Corporate governance

Silence Therapeutics applies The QCA Corporate Governance Code. Details of our Corporate Governance arrangements can be found below.

Policy and strategy

The Board of Directors is responsible for approving the Company’s policy and strategy. It meets on a regular basis and has a schedule of matters specifically reserved for it to consider. The executive management team supply the Board with appropriate and timely information and the Directors are free to seek any further information they consider necessary. All Directors have access to regular training and independent professional advice at the Company’s expense.

Internal controls

The Board is responsible for maintaining a strong system of internal controls to safeguard shareholders’ investment and the Company’s assets and for reviewing its effectiveness. The system of internal financial control is designed to provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss.

An Audit & Risk committee has been established and comprises three Non-Executive directors. The Committee is responsible for ensuring that the financial performance of the Group is properly monitored and reported on, as well as meeting the Company’s auditor and reviewing any reports from the auditor regarding accounts and internal control systems.

Corporate governance principles

On 19 July 2018, the Board approved the application of The QCA Corporate Governance Code (2018 edition) (the Code). The Board views this an appropriate corporate governance framework for Silence Therapeutics plc, and consideration has been given to each of the ten principles set out in the Code. Click here to view the application of each principle. Compliance with the Code was last reviewed on 30 June 2020.

Relations with shareholders

Silence Therapeutics values the views of its shareholders and recognises their interest in the Company’s strategy and performance. The Annual General Meeting, Annual Report, interim announcements and company website are all used to communicate with private investors and they are encouraged to participate.