The Group’s policy is to achieve best practice in its standards of business integrity in all of its activities, including a commitment to follow the highest standards of corporate governance throughout the Group where possible.

Governance at PHP is focused on managing the business in order to create long term sustainable value for the benefit of all of our shareholders and is treated as a core and vital discipline that complements our objective of growing returns to our shareholders.

Read our full Corporate Governance Statement on pages 76 - 87 of our Annual Report 2023.

Board experience

To achieve its governance objectives and in accordance with the Code, the Board comprises a majority of independent Non-executive Directors who have been selected to deliver an appropriate mix of diversity, skills and experience. The Board is led by an independent Chairman, who in turn is well supported by a Senior Independent Director.

Meetings and attendance

The table below shows the attendance of Directors at meetings that were held during 2023.

Director Board meetings Committee meetings
Steven Owen 5/5 6/14
Harry Hyman 5/5 0/14
Richard Howell 5/5 0/14
Ivonne Cantú 5/5 14/14
Laure Duhot 5/5 14/14
Ian Krieger 5/5 12/14


During the year, the Chairman and the other Non-executives met periodically in the absence of the Executive Directors.

The main roles and responsibilities of the Audit Committee include:

Financial reporting

  • Monitor the integrity of the financial reporting process
  • Scrutinise the full and half year financial statements
  • Consider and challenge the key financial judgements

Risk management and internal control

  • Oversee the internal control processes
  • Assess the need for an internal audit function
  • Review the risk management framework
  • Ensure risks are carefully identified, assessed and mitigated

External auditor

  • Review the performance, independence and effectives of the external auditor and audit process

Regulatory compliance

  • Review the viability statement and going concern basis of preparation of the financial statements
  • Consider whether the Annual Report is "fair, balanced and understandable"
  • Monitor compliance with the applicable laws and regulations

There are arrangements in place whereby employees may, in confidence, raise concerns about possible improprieties in matters of financial reporting amongst other things. The Committee ensures that the management has in place arrangements for the proportionate and independent investigation of such matters.

Read pages 88 - 93 of the annual report.

The Nomination Committee reviews the structure, size and composition and membership of the Board and its Committees and makes recommendations with regard to any changes considered necessary.

It also acts as a forum to assess the roles of the existing Directors in office to ensure that there continues to be a balanced Board in terms of skills, knowledge, experience and diversity.

The key responsibilities for the Nomination Committee are;

Board composition and succession

  • Reviews and evaluates the size, structure and composition of the Board and its Committees
  • Ensures the Board comprises individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to be effective in discharging its responsibilities
  • Considers the diversity of the appointments and balance of skills, knowledge and experience of each Director
  • Considers succession planning for the Board and the senior management

Board appointments

  • Leads the process for new appointments to the Board and its Committees
  • Ensures that all new Directors receive an appropriate induction programme and reviews the training requirements of the Board
  • Ensures that all potential conflicts of interest are declared on appointment and that all disclosed potential conflicts of interest are reviewed regularly


  • Promotes the Company’s policy on diversity at Board level and to senior management

Performance evaluation

  • Leads the annual Board and Committee evaluation exercise and to senior management

Re-appointment of Directors

  • Reviews the time required from Non-executive Directors and their external commitments
  • Considers the annual election and re-election of Directors to the Board at the Annual General Meeting

The Nomination Committee seeks to ensure that all Board appointments are made on merit and measured against objective criteria and with due regard for the benefits of diversity on the Board. The Board is committed to ensuring a broad mix of gender, age, nationality, experience and skills throughout the business.

Read pages 94 - 96 of the annual report.

Nomination Committee Terms of Reference

Responsible business reflects PHP’s strong commitment to its, ESG matters and addresses the key areas of the environment, social and governance issues that are embedded into our investment, asset management, development and corporate activities. We are committed to acting responsibly, having a positive impact on our communities, improving our responsible business disclosures, mitigating sustainability risks and capturing environmental opportunities for the benefit of our stakeholders.

We realise the importance of our assets on the local healthcare community, making it easier for our GP, NHS and HSE occupiers to deliver effective services. We are committed to creating great primary care centres by focusing on the future needs of our occupiers and thereby ensuring we are creating long term sustainable buildings.

In October 2020, the NHS adopted a multi-year plan to become the world’s first carbon net zero national health system by 2045 and with an ambition for an interim 80% reduction by 2036-2039. PHP is committed to helping the NHS achieve this target and will pro-actively engage and work with our various healthcare occupiers to help them achieve this.

Consequently, the ESG Committee, originally established by PHP in 2019, became a full Committee of the Board in 2020. The Committee comprises of the Non-Executive Directors, Laure Duhot as Chair, Ian Krieger, Ivonne Cantu, Harry Hyman (Chairman), Richard Howell (Chief Financial Officer), and David Bateman (Chief Investment Officer), along with senior members of staff, as standing invitees, who each have relevant experience in the business and are responsible for the implementation of the ESG policies, targets and monitoring performance throughout our operations.

The principal responsibilities of the Committee are:

  • Setting the remuneration framework or policy for the Directors and ensuring it is aligned to the Company’s purpose and values and linked to delivery of the Company’s long term strategy
  • Reviewing the continued appropriateness and relevance of the Company’s Remuneration Policy
  • Within the terms of the approved Remuneration Policy and the Company’s remuneration framework
    • setting the relevant performance objectives and targets for short and long-term incentive pay; and
    • determining the remuneration of the Directors, the Company Secretary and the senior executives. 
  • Reviewing and considering remuneration across the Group to ensure appropriate alignment between the remuneration of the Directors, senior executives and the Group as a whole
  • Appointing and setting out the terms of reference for any remuneration consultants to advise the Committee
  • Agreeing policy on the recovery by the Directors of expenses incurred in performance of their duties
  • Preparing the Directors’ Remuneration Report and reporting to shareholders on the implementation of the Company’s remuneration policy in accordance with relevant statutory and corporate governance requirements

Read pages 97 - 99 of the annual report.

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Audit Committee  PDF (205 KB)
Nomination Committee  PDF (96 KB)
Remuneration Committee  PDF (96 KB)
ESG Committee    PDF (105 KB)
Standing Committee  PDF (54 KB)
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2024 Tax Strategy    PDF (122 KB)