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r4e believes in strong corporate governance, and supports the principles of the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code as far as is practicable given the size and nature of the business. The Board is collectively responsible for the success of the Company, and entrepreneurial leadership is balanced by the scrutiny and oversight provided by the independent Non-Executive Directors.

The Board

Marc Boyan (Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director), is the founder of Miroma International, a successful media trading business which works with brands, media agencies and media owners to enable brand owners to extract additional value from their marketing budgets. Marc extended the business under Miroma Ventures to focus on investing in, seeding and managing media and technology companies. Marc is a director and controlling shareholder in Miroma R4E Holdings Limited, a substantial shareholder in r4e. Marc began his career in the media sector 20 years ago before going on to found Miroma International in 2003.

Lord Michael Ian Grade of Yarmouth (Chairman, Non-Executive Director), was awarded a CBE in 1998 for his significant achievements in broadcasting and has over 40 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. He was formerly Chairman of the BBC, Executive Chairman of ITV plc, Chief Executive of Channel 4, and he has held positions on the boards of a number of public companies, including Pinewood Group plc. Lord Grade is currently a director of Gate Ventures plc. He is also a co-founder of The GradeLinnit Company Ltd (“Gradelinnit”), a prominent theatrical production company.

Sir David Michels (Deputy Chairman, Non-Executive Director), is a well-known leading British businessman. He has extensive experience in the hospitality industry as a former Chief Executive of Hilton Group plc and was knighted for his services to the hotel and catering industry in 2006. Prior to joining Hilton he was Group Chief Executive of Stakis plc for 10 years following 20 years in the hotel and gaming industry. Sir David was formerly President of the British Hospitality Association, Deputy Chairman of Marks & Spencer plc, easyJet plc and British Land plc, and a non-executive director of various other British and overseas companies.

Arthur Thomas Ralph Wilson, (Interim Finance Director), is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced finance director in the marketing and media sector, having led the UK finance and accounts functions of global creative digital agency AKQA, full service agency LBI, and Nike’s first-ever ad agency Wieden+Kennedy. Most recently, at BBC Worldwide, Ralph led the finance support for their UK Consumer Products and TV Sales divisions, before partnering their global technology and operations unit, during which time he successfully took business cases to their Worldwide Executive board on subjects as diverse as a Doctor Who partnership deal and the replacement for Global iPlayer.

Linzi Kristina Allen (Group Finance Director currently on Maternity Leave), joined the Company as Group Financial Controller in 2012, becoming Finance Director in 2015. Prior to that she was at KPMG for 7 years in both internal and external audit roles working across a range of clients and industries including retail, construction, manufacturing, investment funds, logistics and Government.

Marcus Yeoman (Senior Independent Director, Non-Executive Director), is currently non-executive director of three other AIM listed companies and one NEX quoted company. His early career started with the formation of three companies in IT infrastructure and distribution, after which he moved into small company broking and corporate work with Rathbone Stockbrokers Limited and Cheviot Capital (Nominees) Limited. In 2003, Marcus established Springtime Consultants Ltd and has been acting as a consultant or non-executive director to a number of listed companies & SME ventures, that require help with their growth strategies, including M&A activity..

Nicholas Richard Charles Geary Lycett [known as Charlie Lycett] (Non-Executive Director), began his career at the Outside Organisation in 2000. In 2003 he set up The Lucid Group which became the largest online and broadcast music agency in the UK representing the likes of David Bowie, Beyonce, The Rolling Stones and The Who. In 2006 he became an advisor and shareholder in bebo, helping it become the largest social network in the UK until their sale to AOL in 2010 for $850m. In 2010 he became the Managing Director of RCA Records selling a stake in The Lucid Group to Sony Music Entertainment in the process. In 2009 he co-founded MusicQubed, a mass-market mobile music service that launched internationally in 2013. In addition to MusicQubed, Charlie's interests include Operator Records, Black Butter and Online Broadcaster SB.TV. He is a supporter of the Prince’s Trust and has also served as a judge for the Radio Academy.

There is a clear division of responsibilities between Board members, and all Directors have access to the advice and services of the Company Secretary, who is responsible for ensuring compliance with Board procedures and with applicable regulation and legislation.

All Directors are subject to re-election by shareholders at intervals of no more than three years.

The Board meets formally on a regular basis. In addition, ad hoc meetings are called to address specific issues requiring Board approval. At formal meetings the Board reviews the Group’s corporate responsibility issues and receives detailed reports on:

  • operational matters from the Chief Executive Officer
  • financial performance from the Group Finance Director
  • legal and compliance issues from the Company Secretary when required

The Board also sets and monitors Group strategy, approves the annual budget and examines acquisition and/or disposal possibilities. To enable the Board to discharge its duties, all Directors receive appropriate and timely information. Independent professional advice is taken as required.

There is a formal schedule of matters reserved for the Board, and routine business may be delegated to a committee of two Directors or one Director and the Company Secretary.