The following Financial Services practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
For information about the roles and responsibilities of NEDs, see Practice Note: Non-executive directors and the listed company board—corporate governance roles and responsibilities.
Guidance on the rules and roles of NEDs can also be found in the UK Corporate Governance Code (UKCG Code) and the FRC Guidance on Board Effectiveness, both published by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
For further details, see Practice Note: The UK Corporate Governance Code.
On 7 March 2016, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) took effect in relation to UK banks, building societies, credit unions and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)-designated investment firms. It came into effect for all dual-regulated insurers from 10 December 2018 and was extended to FCA solo-regulated firms from 9 December 2019. The Senior Managers Regime applies to benchmark administrators from 7 December 2020. Firms which are subject to the SM&CR are relevant authorised firms or RAPS.
Under the SM&CR, a NED of a RAP who performs a senior management function (SMF) designated by the FCA (an FCA SMF) or the PRA (a PRA SMF) will require pre-approval by the relevant regulator.
The FCA SMFs which may be applicable to a NED are:
chair of the nomination committee
chair of the with-profits
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