Board of directors & corporate governance
Board of directors
The Reckon Board of Directors comprises of non-executive directors and executive directors who oversee the long-term health and success of the business.
Independent Non-Executive Director, Independent Non-Executive Chairman from 1 July 2015
Ian Ferrier is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He has extensive experience in company corporate recovery and turn around practice. He is also a director of a number of private and public companies. Ian is also Chairman of Australian Vintage Limited having been a director since 1991 and Chairman of Goodman Group Limited since 2003 and a director of Energy One Limited.
He has significant experience in property and development, tourism, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and hotels, infrastructure and aviation and service industries. Ian joined the board on 17 August 2004. Ian is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee and served in that capacity to the end of 2015 to assist Chris Woodforde as he transitioned on to the board.
Founder, Deputy Non-Executive Chairman
Greg Wilkinson has over 30 years experience in the computer software industry. Greg entered the industry in the early 1980s in London where he managed Caxton Software, which became one of the UK’s leading software
Greg co-founded Reckon in 1987 and was the Chief Executive Officer until February 2006. He was
appointed to the position of Deputy Chairman in February 2006 and became a member of the board of the listed
entity on 19 July 1999. He was appointed to the Audit & Risk Committee in February 2010 and Remuneration
Committee in December 2011. He is also an investor and mentor to a number of cloud based start-up companies.
B Comm LLB
Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 1 July 2015.
Chris Woodforde has an extensive background as a legal practitioner in New South Wales, South Asia and the United Kingdom spanning over 30 years. Over that time he has held a wide range of senior legal and consulting positions. He occupied senior positions in Microsoft from 1994 to 2008 including as Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs in Australia and New Zealand. More recently he has acted as a consultant and senior contributor in legal and commercial capacities for a range of clients. He has been and remains a mentor to, and investor in, private initiatives in the information and communications technology market.
Chris’ breadth of experience brings a unique mix of legal, commercial and management skills in South Asia, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand well suited to information technology companies. Chris is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee from 1 January 2016.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Clive was Chief Operating Officer of Reckon from 2001 until February 2006 and in that time played a pivotal role in its turn-around. In February 2006 Clive was appointed to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive management and operational experience in the IT and retail sectors as both an owner and director of companies.
Corporate governance policies
Below you will find several corporate governance policies relating to Reckon Limited.
Director's code of conduct
- A director must act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the company as a whole.
- A director has a duty to use due care and diligence in fulfilling the functions of office and exercising the powers attached to that office.
- A director must use the powers of office for a proper purpose, in the best interests of the company as a whole.
- A director must recognise that the primary responsibility is to the company’s shareholders as a whole but should, where appropriate, have regard for the interests of all stakeholders of the company.
- A director must not make improper use of information acquired as a director.
- A director must not take improper advantage of the position of director.
- A director must not allow personal interests, or the interests of any associated person, to conflict with the interests of the company.
- A director has an obligation to be independent in judgement and actions and to take all reasonable steps to be satisfied as to the soundness of all decisions taken by the board of directors.
- Confidential information received by a director in the course of the exercise of directorial duties remains the property of the company from which it was obtained and it is improper to disclose it, or allow it to be disclosed, unless that disclosure has been authorised by that company, or the person from whom the information is provided, or is required by law.
- A director should not engage in conduct likely to bring discredit upon the company.
- A director has an obligation, at all times, to comply with the spirit, as well as the letter, of the law and with the principles of this Code.
- Directors are expected to familarise themselves with the company policy and procedure manual and understand that they are bound by it to the extent that it applies to the performance of their duties as directors.
Audit Committee Charter
1. Audit Committee Charter
1.1 The audit committee is established to ensure the maintenance of the highest standards of integrity in relation to financial reporting, risk management, legal and standards compliance and corporate governance.
1.2 In the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties the auditcommittee shall assist the board in discharging its responsibility to exercise due care, diligence and skill in relation to:
1.2.1 the integrity of external financial reporting;
1.2.2 the application of accounting policy;
1.2.3 financial management;
1.2.4 internal controls;
1.2.5 risk management; and
1.2.6 management of conflict of interest.
1.3 The committee remains accountable to the board.
2.1 The audit committee should comprise a membership of at least two non-executive members of the board.
2.2 The board shall annually review the membership of the committee.
2.3 The chairman of the committee shall be appointed by the board,
2.4 The chairman of the company may not be chairman of the committee.
3.1 The audit committee shall meet no less than twice a year with such other meetings to be called as considered necessary.
3.2 In addition to the committee members, meetings shall be attended by the following members of management:
3.2.1 Chief Operating Officer.
3.2.2 Chief Financial Officer.
3.2.3 Financial controller.
3.3 A quorum shall be two members.
3.4 Other management staff may attend upon invitation of the chairman of the audit committee in respect of agenda items relevant to their areas of responsibility.
3.5 Representatives of the external auditors and related organisations may attend upon invitation of the chairman.
3.6 Minutes shall be kept of the meeting and these shall be circulated to all members of the committee and the board.
4. Primary Duties
The committee shall:
4.1 Review all audited financial statements intended for publication prior to recommending their approval by the board.
4.2 Monitor and review external audit process.
4.3 Ensure that the external auditor meets the required standards for auditor independence.
4.4 Monitor the performance and assess renewal of the appointment of the external auditor.
4.5 Monitor and review internal audit approach.
4.6 Monitor and review risk management and internal control structure.
4.7 Monitor the application of legal rules, accounting standards and corporate governance guidelines in respect of financial reporting and risk oversight.
4.8 Ensure compliance with legal rules, accounting standards and corporate governance guidelines in respect of financial reporting and risk oversight.
4.9 Monitor conflict of interest, review past or proposed transactions between the company, members or management and the board.
4.10 Review related party transactions and consider adequacy of disclosure in financial statements.
4.11 Assess the need for – and report to the board on – the appointment of external advisers.
4.12 Undertake all other tasks referred by the board from time to time.
Continuous Disclosure Policy
The Corporations Act, the ASX listing rules and the ASIC guidance principles all emphasize that the key principle underpinning a company’s continuous disclosure obligation is an informed market that is given timely disclosure of information which may affect a share price or influence an investment decision.
This policy regulates directors, officers and employees’ dealing in company shares.
It has been implemented in order to ensure compliance with the insider trading laws of the Corporations Law as well as the guidelines of the ASX Corporate Governance Council.
Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement
This policy applies to all permanent and casual employees, and contractors of the Accountant, Business and International Divisions of Reckon Group (“Reckon”).
Reckon Group includes Reckon Limited and all its subsidiary companies.
Diversity & Inclusion
The Reckon Group recognises that diversity and inclusiveness are a critical aspect of the effective management of its people and their contributions to the success of the Reckon Group. Diversity means differences in gender, race, age, culture, family or carer status, religion and disability as reflected across the Reckon Group employees, consultants, contractors and visitors.
To enable and demonstrate a culture of diversity, all employees are required to behave ethically and professionally in the workplace. This of itself requires employees to be impartial, choose people for the right reasons, fair and reasonable treatment for all and equal employment opportunities.
Managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring these equality principles are realised in their day to day management of their team.
The Reckon Group is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, harassment and other inappropriate behaviour, in accordance with the relevant legislation and its policies and procedures already in place.
All complaints of discrimination, harassment or other inappropriate behaviour are to be taken seriously and to be addressed in accordance with the reporting and resolution processes.
Specifically and over and above existing policies in place, the Board has commenced setting measurable objectives to increase the representation of women at all levels of the business. The achievement of its gender diversity goals will be supported by various strategies and activities such as graduate programs, mentoring and recruiting activities. These objectives and the progress in achieving them will be assessed annually by the Board. Reckon will report its progress on achieving the gender diversity objectives in its Annual Report.
Reckon's Remuneration Committee Charter
A summary of collective skills of current board.