The Committee recognises the importance of developing a close relationship with shareholders in facilitating the work of the Committee in developing the remuneration policy.

The Board places importance on communication with shareholders and gives them the opportunity to meet the Chairman and Directors as appropriate. Shareholders will continue to be given the opportunity to meet the Chairman and Directors in the coming 12 months. Arrangements can be made for major shareholders to meet with any newly appointed Directors.

The Group's Investor Relations team organises an ongoing dialogue between the Group Chief Executive, Group Chief Operations Officer and Group Chief Financial Officer and institutional investors, fund managers and analysts. Brokers’ reports and investors’ feedback are circulated regularly to the Board, who discuss these and any other key matters relating to investors. In each case the Board, in conjunction with advisors where appropriate, determines the strategy to address significant issues raised.

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