We’re serious about having a positive impact on the environment, the communities our borrowers serve and the talented people that make up our team.
From rewarding borrowers that use environmentally sound practices and contributing to social regeneration in underinvested regions, to supporting our employees’ career development and fostering diversity and mental health awareness, we get it done when it comes to ESG.
Underpinning our business with these principles helps us have a positive impact on the society we live in, while providing better returns and long-term value to our investors and stakeholders.
“At LendInvest, our ESG values and principles are central to the success of our platform. The nature of our business means that for many of the loans we originate new housing stock is put into the system, which helps to alleviate the housing crisis, or older stock is improved to comply with higher energy efficiency standards, which helps minimise the carbon impact of housing.”
“From supporting our employees’ career development to fostering diversity and mental health awareness programmes, we go to great lengths to ensure our actions reflect our strong values.”
“Our commitment to our ESG principles allows us to create a sustainable business that provides long-term value to our stakeholders, and better risk-adjusted returns to investors.”
The Board is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance appropriate for a company of its size and status. The Board has decided that we will comply with the principles set out in the QCA Code and we have set out here how we seek to apply these principles. The QCA Code sets out a standard of minimum best practice for small and mid-sized companies, particularly AIM companies.
Our Board currently comprises seven directors:
- Christian Faes (Executive Chair)
- Rod Lockhart (Chief Executive Officer)
- Ian Thomas (Chief Investment Officer)
- Michael Evans (Chief Financial Officer)
- Stephan Wilcke (Senior Independent Director)
- Penny Judd (Independent Non-Executive Director)
- Dale Murray (Independent Non-Executive Director)
The Board believes that the composition of the Board provides an appropriate balance between Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors and brings a desirable range of skills and experience in light of our challenges and opportunities. We regard each of Stephan Wilcke, Penny Judd and Dale Murray as “independent non-executive directors” within the meaning of the QCA Code. The QCA Code also recommends that companies should consider whether it is appropriate to have a senior independent director to act as a sounding board and intermediary for the chair or other board members. We have appointed Stephan Wilcke to act as our Senior Independent Director. We are committed to the appointment of an additional Non-Executive Director in short order, such that half of the Board will comprise independent Non-Executive Directors, and this process is ongoing.
In adherence with the recommendations of the QCA Code, we have also established an Audit & Risk Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee, each with formally delegated duties and responsibilities and with written terms of reference.
- The Audit & Risk Committee is chaired by Penny Judd and its other members are Stephan Wilcke and Dale Murray. Penny Judd is deemed by the Board to have the requisite recent and relevant financial expertise. Its terms of reference can be accessed here.
- The Nomination Committee is chaired by Stephan Wilcke and its other members are Christian Faes, Penny Judd and Dale Murray. Its terms of reference can be accessed here.
- The Remuneration Committee is chaired by Stephan Wilcke and its other members are Penny Judd and Dale Murray. Its terms of reference can be accessed here.