The Board is ultimately responsible for determining Numis’ risk appetite and for ensuring that Numis’ risk framework and management processes are appropriate and operating effectively. The management of risk is embedded in our culture and it is the responsibility of each employee to ensure that this culture is built into our working practices. Specifically, day-to-day management of risk is delegated by the Board to senior executives across the firm, through appropriate committees, systems and controls. Whilst encouraging an entrepreneurial and commercial culture that is focused on generating value for our clients, the Board actively seeks to ensure all relevant risk exposures are managed and mitigated. In financial terms, the Board’s policy is to hold regulatory capital that, at a minimum, meets its interpretation of the most severe but plausible stress test measures thereby maintaining an additional capital buffer available for use should adverse circumstances materialise that are outside the firm’s normal and direct control.
Major Risks and Controls:
Retaining, attracting and developing key staff, including, in particular, significant current and future income generators, is essential to the long-term success of the business. The Board has therefore placed particular focus on its remuneration policy and strategies, including considering the appropriate allocation and mix of cash and share based schemes, and has maintained structured performance-based staff evaluations. Additionally, the on-boarding, retention and growth of our people remain at the top of the Board’s agenda.
Whilst entrepreneurial staff are always encouraged to develop new clients relationships and streams of income, all new business is subject to a rigorous appraisal process supervised by the New Business Committee. For all activities, this discriminates strongly in favour of high quality clients. Numis places great emphasis on employing and adding highly experienced senior staff who are very closely engaged with clients. To aid the application of best practice, regulatory compliance and consistency, Numis management continues to make use of standardised operating procedures. Finally, the Board sets the tone by demanding a strong ethical and professional culture as the only acceptable standard for the firm.
The Board recognises that continued improvement in the way in which our strategy is executed is key to our long-term success. In particular, the management team is subject to healthy and robust challenge from the Board on the firm’s strategic direction, execution of strategy and the implementation of agreed initiatives. This includes significant focus on the risks that threaten the achievement of the firm’s strategy as well as those that present the greatest opportunity. The existing strong corporate governance structure ensures that the Board has sufficient, well articulated, consistent and timely information to enable the necessary decisions and choices to be made and the right level of assurance obtained.
Regulatory & legal risk
The Board’s policy is to encourage an intense focus by senior management on the long-term, sustainable success of the business. This specifically includes robust corporate governance, avoiding the likelihood of litigation and compliance with the relevant regulatory and legal requirements for the jurisdictions in which Numis operates. A strong culture of regulatory and legal compliance permeates the firm and there is a demonstrated track record of transparency and strong relations with the key regulatory bodies. The Board monitors and supports this through open channels of communication and demonstrable action.
Financial risks include the core market, credit, concentration and liquidity risks to which the business is exposed. Basel II, CRD and VaR measures are utilised and compared with Board approved limits. These measures are calculated daily and are reported to senior management and, ultimately, to the Board.
Other operational risk
We aim to be able to sustain operations and client service, with minimum of disruption, with a combination of business continuity planning, duplicated infrastructure, strong supplier relations and remote facilities. Continuously evolving control standards and robust corporate governance are applied by suitably trained and supervised individuals, and senior management are actively involved in identifying and analysing all operational risks to find the most effective and efficient means to mitigate and manage them.