AIQ’s Board is committed to applying the appropriate high standards of corporate governance commensurate with its size and maturity, and recognises its responsibility to serve the interests of its stakeholders in managing the company and delivering a sustainable business model.
Board of Directors
Graham is a UK-based chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ capital markets experience, specialising in advising quoted companies with regards to financial reporting, transaction support and regulatory compliance.
Since 2013, Graham has run a consultancy business providing advice to growing private and public companies in the UK and internationally. Clients have included Learning Technologies Group, an AIM-quoted e-leaning services and technologies business; Blue Prism, an AIM-quoted provider of an enterprise-strength Robotic Process Automation software platform; TechFinancials Inc, an AIM-quoted software developer that supplies simplified trading solutions to online brokers; and Escape Hunt Group, an AIM-quoted global provider of live ‘escape the room’ experiences. Prior to 2013, Graham was a capital markets director with Mazars LLP, an accountancy firm, in London, UK. Graham has worked closely with Asian companies and advised on the AIM admission of Pixel Media, a Hong-Kong based online advertising and media company, and Velosi Group, a Malaysian oil services company.
Nicholas is a Co-Founder of AIQ whose experience encompasses retail, trading, e-commerce and social commerce as well as platform automation. He began his career in foreign exchange trading and became an early pioneer in the Malaysian market of automated trading. This led to his development of an automated trading platform to operate across multiple industries, notably online media, e-commerce and social networking. Thereafter he worked for vending machine provider, MAMA11 MART, where he oversaw the in-house development and implementation of real-time stock updating systems. This enabled MAMA11 MART to become a retail automation specialist and leading vending machine service provider in Asia. More recently, Nicholas has worked with Marcus on providing IT and business consultancy services for companies based in Southeast Asia, primarily in the e-commerce industry. In particular, he has specialised in retail automation strategy and marketing with an emphasis on leveraging the purchasing power of social media. Nicholas holds a Master of Arts in International Business and Management from the University of Westminster.
Harry is a capital markets specialist with significant experience in advising global companies, organisations and government agencies. Currently, he is a director of Luther Pendragon, an independent communications consultancy, and a director of a capital markets advisory consultancy, Access Capital Markets. He is also Chairman of Lokcom Networks Ltd, an internet-of-things technology start-up company, and a non-executive director of BiON plc, an AIM-quoted renewable energy company.
For over 20 years he has advised public companies listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and on AIM as well as on NASDAQ and other international bourses. This includes working on international M&A deals, IPOs, MBOs, crisis communications as well as financial PR starting in 1998 at Brunswick Group, a global partnership advising on business critical issues. In 2004, he established a financial PR company, Corfin, which was acquired by Luther Pendragon in 2011. Prior to his career in financial PR, Harry worked for Adam Smith International, a global advisory and consulting business, advising governments in emerging nations with their economic reform policies.
Role of the Board
The Audit Committee is responsible, amongst other things, for making recommendations to the Board on the appointment of auditors (and the audit fee) and monitoring and reviewing the integrity of the company’s financial statements as well as reports from the company’s auditors on those financial statements. The Audit Committee is chaired by Graham Duncan and its other members are Soon B. Gee (“Nicholas”) and Harry Chathli.
The Remuneration Committee is responsible, amongst other things, for reviewing and approving the remuneration policy and total individual packages for the executive directors, approving the rules and basis for participations in any performance related pay-schemes, share incentive schemes and pension arrangements and obtaining reliable and up-to-date information about remuneration in other companies. The Remuneration Committee is chaired by Soon B. Gee (“Nicholas”) and its other members are Graham Duncan and Harry Chathli.
The Nomination Committee is responsible, amongst other things, for reviewing the structure, size and composition of the Board and ensuring that it is comprised of the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience, identifying and nominating for approval candidates to fill any vacancies on the Board as and when they arise, giving full consideration to succession planning for the Group and making recommendations as to the composition of the other committees of the Board. The Nomination Committee is chaired by Soon B. Gee (“Nicholas”) and its other members are Graham Duncan and Harry Chathli.