Contract

Exhibit 4.3

 

9 December 2005

 

 

Mr B M May

 

PRIVATE

FOR THEATTENTION OF THE ADDRESSEE ONLY

 

Dear Brian

 

The following terms and conditions of employment with Bunzl plc (“theCompany”) replaces all previous statements and agreements between yourself andthe Company and/or any subsidiary companies of Bunzl plc and is the entireagreement in respect of your terms and conditions of employment with theCompany.

 

Position

 

Finance Director reporting to the Chief Executive of the Company. You will perform and render such duties and services as are customarily performed and rendered by somebody holding such a position and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be reasonably assigned to him by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) that may be required from you consistent with the responsibilities and authority of your position. In addition, you shall serve on the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”).

 

 

 

 

 

You undertake, to comply with the advice, directions, orders, policies, regulations and standards of the Company and the Board as promulgated from time to time and shall not directly or indirectly carry on any other business activities without the prior written consent of the Board which may be withheld in the Board’s sole discretion.

 

 

 

 

 

You may be required in the course of your employment to be engaged in work on behalf of the Company or any member of the Bunzl Group from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

You will devote your entire work time, attention, knowledge, skills, energies and best efforts to the performance of your duties and services under the terms of your appointment and to the furtherance of the business and interests of the Company.

 



 

Hours of Work

 

You agree that the nature of your employment including your seniority and the scope of your responsibilities is such that your working time can be determined by you in a manner consistent with your employment. Accordingly, you have no normal working hours but are required to work during the Company’s normal business hours and for such other hours as are necessary to discharge the duties and responsibilities of this position.

 

 

 

Salary

 

Your basic annual salary will be £375,000 per annum. Salary is paid monthly on or around the 17th of each month by bank transfer and is subject to statutory deductions. Salary is deemed to accrue on a daily basis and is payable part in arrears and part in advance.

 

Your next salary review will be 1 January 2007 and annually thereafter on 1 January. The Company shall not be obliged to increase the salary payable under this Agreement. Any revision shall not be less than the existing rate prevailing prior to such review.

 

You shall not be entitled to receive any other salary or fees as an ordinary or executive director or employee of the Company or any associated company and you shall, as the Company may direct, either waive your right to any such salary or fees, or account for the same to the Company.

 

 

 

Effective date

 

1 January 2006

 

 

 

Location

 

This appointment will be based at 110 Park Street, London, W1K 6NX or such other Central London location as the Company may stipulate. Alternatively you may be based in another location stipulated by the Company which would not involve you in a car journey to work taking in excess of approximately one and a quarter hours from your current home address. You will however be required to work in other locations on a temporary basis (i.e. unlikely to exceed a period of one week) in accordance with the needs of the business.

 

 

 

 

 

You will be required to undertake substantial travelling and to attend at various locations on a world-wide basis in accordance with the requirements of your duties.

 

 

 

Continuous Employment

 

Your continuous period of employment within the Bunzl Group commenced on 20 September 1993.

 

 

 

Bonus Scheme

 

For 2006 your bonus will relate to overall Group performance based on the budgeted eps target. Full details will be provided to you annually.

 

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Details of any future scheme for which you are eligible will be determined from time to time by the Remuneration Committee. You acknowledge that you have no right to receive a bonus and that the Remuneration Committee is under no obligation to operate a bonus scheme and you shall not acquire such a right merely by virtue of having received one or more bonus payments during the course of your employment.

 

In addition you will be a member of the Bunzl plc Deferred Annual Share Bonus Scheme (subject to the rules of that scheme). Essentially, it provides for the cash element of the annual bonus the Employee earns under the terms of the Bunzl Executive Bonus Scheme to be doubled, subject to the total value of bonus earned in any one year being no more than 105% of basic annual salary for the year.

 

The amount of bonus earned under the Bonus Scheme will be paid in cash in the normal way. The amount in excess of this, up to the 105% of basic annual salary limit, will be paid in the form of Bunzl shares to be held in the Bunzl General Employee Benefit Trust and deferred until March 1 in the third year after the year in which the award is made.

 

 

 

 

 

Provided you remain in the employment of Bunzl for the full period of deferral the shares will automatically transfer to you on the expiry of the deferral period, subject to normal dealing rules constraints. There are certain limited provisions for the shares to transfer to you prior to the expiry of the deferral period, which are defined in the rules of the plan.

 

 

 

Long term incentive plan

 

You remain eligible to participate in the following Share Schemes for the Company in accordance with the rules of the various schemes, which are in force from time to time.

 

Bunzl plc 2004 Long Term Incentive Plan.

 

•      Options/performance shares are granted/ awarded at the absolute discretion of the Remuneration Committee of the Board.

 

•      Bunzl plc Savings Related Share Option Scheme.

 

The Company reserves the right to alter the rules, replace or withdraw such schemes at any time.

 

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Pension

 

You will continue to be eligible to participate in the Bunzl Senior Pension Scheme (“BSPS”). Participation in the BSPS is subject to the terms of the trust deed and rules governing the BSPS as amended from time to time. Membership of this scheme is voluntary and contributory and the members’ contribution for BSPS is currently 9% of pensionable salary.

 

Your normal retirement date is 60 years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

BSPS membership entitles you to death in service life insurance cover in respect of yourself at four times your basic annual salary.

 

BSPS is contracted out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme and national insurance contributions of members are accordingly payable at the reduced rate. A contracting-out certificate is in force to this effect.

 

 

 

Pension Allowance

 

As your current salary exceeds the pensionable salary limit (“the Cap”), you are eligible to receive a salary supplement (“the Supplement”) equal to 30% of the difference between the Cap and your actual basic annual salary, in each case as amended from time to time. The Supplement is payable in 12 equal instalments with your normal monthly salary and is subject to normal statutory deductions. The Supplement does not count for the purposes of bonus calculations and is not in itself pensionable. Adjustments to the Supplement whether as a result of a change in the Cap or in your base salary will be automatically implemented by payroll.

 

 

 

 

 

As a further alternative or in addition to receiving the Supplement, the Company will provide (as long as no additional cost is incurred) all reasonable cooperation that you may request in procuring that payments are made to such alternative tax — advantageous retirement benefit scheme or schemes as may apply to you, and the Supplement and/or if you so request, your basic salary, shall be reduced pro rata to any such payments.

 

 

 

Vehicle

 

You will continue to be eligible for a car in accordance with the Company car policy. Selection is subject to authorisation by the Director of Group HR. Such vehicle is fully expensed for both business and private use.

 

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You are required to ensure that such vehicle is maintained in good roadworthy order and in a condition, which reflects positively on the Company. Any accidents involving injury or damage to the vehicle, no matter how minor, must be reported to the Company at the earliest opportunity.

 

Whenever using a Company allocated vehicle you must be in possession of a valid driving licence.

 

 

 

 

 

Alternatively you have elected to take a cash option applicable to your position (currently £15,000 per annum) in which event the Company expects you to maintain an appropriate vehicle to enable you to drive as and when necessary on Company business. You will be responsible for all road tax, maintenance, repair and other charges in connection with such vehicle. It must be insured on a comprehensive basis, including business use on behalf of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

The cash option will be paid monthly in equal instalments with your normal pay but will not be included as pay in any calculation regarding bonus or pension rights. Having accepted the cash option you are required to commit to this for a period equivalent to the normal car lease i.e. four years. Business mileage will be reimbursed at the prevailing rate, currently 20p per mile.

 

 

 

 

 

Should you at any stage convert back to a Company allocated vehicle, you agree that any financial consequences of doing this will be for your own account and the Company will neither reimburse you for any additional costs you incur as a result of such a switch nor seek to recover from you any additional costs which the Company may incur as a result of the switch.

 

 

 

Holiday

 

You are entitled to 25 working days holiday per year.

 

In addition you will be entitled to public holidays in England with pay as they occur, currently totalling 8 days in a calendar year.

 

The Company reserves the right to designate days of holiday over the Christmas period.

 

All holidays must be approved in advance by the Chief Executive.

 

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Holiday Pay

 

The holiday year runs from 1 January to 31 December and no holiday entitlement may be carried forward to subsequent years. Upon termination of employment for whatsoever reason and where the entire notice period is worked, pay in lieu of holiday entitlement not taken at the date of termination will be paid at the rate of 1/12th of the year’s entitlement for each complete calendar month of service rounded to the nearest whole day.

 

 

 

 

 

In the event that you are not required to work all or part of your notice period then holiday will be deemed to be taken during the period you are not required to work and therefore no payment will be made in respect of any outstanding holiday entitlement. If, at the date of termination of employment, holiday has been taken in excess of entitlement it is agreed that the Company may deduct an amount in respect of each excess day taken at the prevailing daily rate. Prevailing daily rate is calculated as 1/260th of your annual basic salary.

 

 

 

Expenses

 

You will be entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable out of pocket expenses which you have properly incurred in accordance with generally applicable policies, regulations and standards of the Company and the Board in performing and rendering duties and services under the terms of your employment. Such reimbursement shall also be subject to compliance with procedures established by the Company for maintaining records and receipts reflecting the expenses incurred and reporting such information as the Board may request from time to time regarding such expenses.

 

 

 

Sickness

 

 

 

Should you be unable to attend for work due to sickness or injury you are entitled to receive sick pay in accordance with the rules of the Company scheme at your normal rate of pay up to an aggregate of 6 months in any consecutive 12 month period. This payment will discharge any entitlement you may have to Statutory Sick Pay. The Company may require you to provide medical certificates in accordance with the rules of the Sick Pay Scheme.

 

 

 

Medical

 

 

 

You are entitled to membership of the Corporate Health Plan (currently with Norwich Union) for yourself, your spouse and your dependants under the age of 21. This will be fully expensed by the Company with the exception of any tax liability assessed. Membership is subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan from time to time in force and without prejudice to the Company’s right to alter, replace or withdraw the benefit in its absolute discretion.

 

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Grievance and Disciplinary Procedure

 

In the event you wish to raise any grievance relating to your employment you should apply in the first instance either orally or in writing to the Director of Group HR.

 

You will be given written reasons for any proposed disciplinary action or dismissal. You will be invited to attend a meeting with the Director of Group HR to consider such disciplinary decision or dismissal. The Director of Group HR will notify you of her decision. If you are dissatisfied with the decision you may appeal to the Chief Executive within 14 days of the Director of Group HR’s decision.

 

 

 

Data Protection Act

 

The Company will maintain a personal file relating to your employment. The information held on you, either in hard copy or on computer files, will include sensitive personal data as defined in Part I(ii) of the Data Protection Act 1998. You hereby give explicit consent (as defined in the Act) to the processing of personal and sensitive personal data for normal employment purposes.

 

You also consent to the transfer, storage and other processing (both electronically and manually) by the Company of any such data outside the European Economic Area (and in particular but without limitation to or in the United States and any other country in which the Company operates).

 

 

 

Health & Safety

 

You have particular responsibilities with regard to the management of health and safety of employees of the Company and others who are affected by acts of the Company. In discharging these responsibilities you are required to ensure the adoption of safe methods of working and may not interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare. The Company will provide all reasonable assistance and training in relation to the management of health and safety.

 

 

 

Business Standards

 

You are required to conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Company’s stated Business Standards, a copy of which is enclosed.

 

 

 

Security of Information

 

You are responsible for security of sensitive information in accordance with the provisions set out in Attachment A. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this contract of employment shall preclude you from making a protected disclosure in accordance with the provisions of the Public Disclosure Act 1998.

 

 

 

Inventions and Patents

 

You have responsibilities in respect of inventions and patents which are detailed in Attachment A.

 

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Restrictions upon Termination

 

Upon termination of your employment with the Company (for whatever reason) you are subject to certain restrictions which are detailed in Attachment A.

 

 

 

Notice

 

(a)           The Company will provide 12 months notice, such notice to be given in writing and/or

 

at the Company’s sole discretion, without any due notice by paying to or for your benefit, a sum in lieu of the Notice Period or any unexpired part thereof.

 

 

 

 

 

(b)           You are required to give 6 months’ notice of termination in writing to the Company. If you serve such notice, the Company shall be entitled to pay to or for your benefit a sum in lieu of your working the Notice Period or thereof.

 

 

 

 

 

(c)           In the event that you are permanently disabled, which shall be deemed to be the case if you are absent due to sickness or injury beyond the 6 month period specified under the section headed “Sickness” above, the Company shall be entitled to terminate your employment by giving notice to you as specified in (a) above, less a period of 6 months. In such circumstances the Company will recommend to the Trustees of the BSPS that you be considered for an ill-health pension under the rules of the Scheme. Should the current terms under the BSPS for ill health retirement be reduced or removed, an equivalent level to your existing benefit will be provided to you by the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

(d)           The Company shall be entitled to terminate your employment immediately and without notice or payment if at any time during your employment you:

 

•      become bankrupt (or equivalent in any other jurisdiction) or become the subject of an interim order under the Insolvency Act 1986 or make any arrangements or composition with your creditors; or

 

•      be convicted of any criminal offence (other than one which, in the reasonable opinion of the Board, does not affect your position as an employee of the Company, bearing in mind the nature of your duties and the capacity in which you are employed); or

 

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•      commit any act of dishonesty whether relating to the Company, other employees or otherwise; or

 

•      be guilty of any gross misconduct or any conduct calculated or tending to bring the Company or yourself into disrepute or be guilty of any material breach or material non-observance of any material provision of this Agreement; or

 

•      cease to be capable of acting as a director pursuant to any UK statutes.

 

Any delay or forbearance by the Company in exercising any right of termination shall not constitute a waiver of it.

 

 

 

 

 

(e)           If not terminated prior to your 60th birthday your employment will terminate without notice or payment on the last day of the month in which your 60th birthday falls.

 

 

 

 

 

(f)            During the whole or any part of any notice period the Company will be under no obligation to assign to you any duties or functions or to provide any work for you (“garden leave”) and may at any time suspend (“suspension”) you from the performance of any duties or exclude you from the premises of the Company. During any such period of garden leave or suspension you will remain an employee of the Company and shall continue to be entitled o salary and benefits. You will also continue to be bound by the provisions of this Agreement and may not undertake other paid employment, including self-employment, or services as a director of, or under contract to, another company. You must continue at all times to conduct yourself with good faith towards the Company and not do anything which is harmful to the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

(g)           Upon termination of employment for any reason you will immediately return to the Company all papers, documents, computer stored information held on hard disk or floppy disk, books, accounts, drawings, credit cards, Company car, keys and other property belonging to or relating to the Company or any company in the Bunzl Group which are then in your possession and upon the Company’s request immediately in writing resign any directorship or other office which you may hold in the Company or any other company in the Bunzl Group without compensation for loss of such directorship, and transfer any nominee or other shares beneficially owned by the Company or any such company in the Bunzl Group to such person or company

 

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as the Company shall nominate. If you fail to resign any such position, the Company and all relevant companies in the Group are hereby irrevocably authorised to appoint someone in his name and on his behalf to sign any documents and do anything necessary to give effect to this resignation.

 

 

 

 

 

(h)           Notwithstanding the termination of your employment (whether terminated on notice, and whether terminated by you or by the Company for whatever reason) the provision of these clauses and Attachment A shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with their respective terms.

 

 

 

Dealings in Shares

 

During the period of your employment you shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and rules (whether statutory or otherwise) in force from time to time relating to dealings in shares, including without limitation, the “Model Code” forming part of the Listing Rules published by the UK Listing Authority from time to time. A copy of the current Model Code is available from the Company Secretary.

 

 

 

Enforcement of Agreement

 

The terms and conditions set out in this letter and its attachments form the agreement between yourself and the Company. No person who is not a party to this agreement (“Third Party”) has or shall have any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of this agreement and no consent of any Third Party shall be required under that Act to any cancellations or variations of this agreement.

 

If you have any queries then please do not hesitateto contact me for clarification. Alternatively, would you please sign andreturn the enclosed copy of this letter and the attachments in confirmation ofyour acceptance of this position on the terms and conditions as set out above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

/s/A. J. Habgood

 

Anthony Habgood

Chairman

 

 

I confirm my acceptance of the terms and conditions as set out above. Iconfirm they supersede all other agreements as stated in the second paragraphof this letter.

 

 

/s/B. M. May

 

9 December 2005

 

B M May

 

Date

 

 

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ATTACHMENTA

 

BUNZLPLC

 

Preventing Disclosure of Sensitive Information

 

The relationship between Bunzl plc (“the Company”) and its employees isfounded on trust. In the course of employment by the Company, you may haveaccess to Sensitive Information (as defined below) in order that you may carryout your duties. Disclosure of Sensitive Information to any customer or actualor potential competitor could place the Company at a serious competitivedisadvantage and cause immeasurable financial and other damage to the business.It is therefore essential to ensure that Sensitive Information is identifiedand controls applied to prevent unauthorised disclosure. For the purposes ofthis Attachment A, references to the Company are deemed to include Bunzl plcand its subsidiary and associated companies from time to time.

 

Sensitive Information means all and any information (whether or notrecorded in documentary form or on computer disk or tape) relating to thebusiness methods, corporate plans, management systems, finances, maturing newbusiness opportunities or research and development projects of the Company orrelating to the marketing or sales of any past, present or future product orservice of the Company including, without limitation, sales information andplans, market share and pricing statistics, marketing plans, market researchreports, sales techniques, price lists, discount structures, advertising andpromotional material, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and contact namesof customers and potential customers of and suppliers and potential suppliersto the Company, the nature of their business operations, their requirements forany product or service sold to or purchased by the Company and all confidentialaspects of their business relationship with the Company and any trade secrets,secret formulae, processes, inventions, designs, know-how, discoveries,technical information relating to the creation, production or supply of anypast, present or future product or service of the Company. It will include anyother information to which the Company shall attach an equivalent level ofconfidentiality or in respect of which it shall owe an obligation ofconfidentiality to any third party which:

 

•      you shall acquire at any time during your employment by the Company butwhich does not form part of your personal skill and experience; and

 

•      is not readily ascertainable to persons not connected with the Companyeither at all or without significant expenditure of labour, skill or money.

 

Inorder to safeguard the Company’s interests you must not:

 

•      at any time whether during or after the termination of your employmentwith the Company (unless expressly so authorised by the Company or as anecessary part of the performance of your duties with the Company) disclose toany person or other company or otherwise make use of any such SensitiveInformation; or

 

•      at any time make any copy, abstract, summary or précis of the whole orany part of any document or record, including computer program systems andsoftware, except when required to do so in the course of your employment, inwhich event the copy, abstract, summary or précis shall be the property of theCompany.

 

Forthe protection of such Sensitive Information you must:

 

a.             ensure that any document originated or used by you and which containsSensitive Information is classified and annotated as follows:

 

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•      Confidential –information which is intended for a restricted audience either internally orexternally. Such documents must be clearly marked with the appropriatecirculation list or explicitly provide the recipient with authority to pass theinformation to another person/department where this is required for appropriateaction to be taken;

 

•      Private –information which is intended for the addressee(s) only;

 

Inaddition, envelopes containing private information relating to individualemployees should be marked “Addressee Only”;

 

b.             not disseminate information so classified outside the restrictedcirculation list without the prior consent of the author or someone moresenior;

 

c.             ensure that all information identified as Confidential or Private issecurely stored or disposed of appropriately;

 

d.             ensure that transmission of Sensitive Information over externalnetworks, including the Internet, such as through Internet e-mail, is subjectto appropriate protection; and

 

e.             return to the Company immediately upon written request and in any eventon termination of your employment all documents, records (includingcomputer-held records), computer disks, other media and other papers andproperty belonging to the Company and which are in your possession or control,including documents and records you have made in the course of your employment.

 

Anybreach of these restrictions will render you liable to disciplinary actionand/or to civil proceedings to restrain you from disclosing the SensitiveInformation to a third party, or from making personal use of it withoutauthority from the Chief Executive of the Company, and for damages if loss tothe Company results from any unauthorised disclosure or use.

 

Thisrestriction applies only to Sensitive Information as described above and shallnot prevent:

 

a.             anydisclosure or use authorised by the Company, required by law or made to enableyou to properly perform your duties:

 

b.             youfrom using your personal skills in any business in which you are lawfullyengaged without using Sensitive Information:

 

c.             theuse of such Sensitive Information that is in or comes into the public domain inany way without breach of these restrictions by you.

 

Inventions and Patents

 

All discoveries, inventions, improvements, processes, designs orcopyright works, which have been discovered, developed, part developed or madeduring the period of your employment with the Company either in the course ofwork undertaken on behalf of the Company or relating to products or servicesprovided by the Company will be the sole property of the Company. You may notdisclose any details of such discovery, invention, improvement, process,designs or copyright works to a third party without the prior written consentof the Chief Executive of the Company. Such inventions or developments cannotbe promoted or sold, either complete or in part, without prior permission, inwriting, from the Chief Executive of the Company.

 

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You will be required to enter into such documents as may be necessaryor appropriate in order to vest title to such discovery, invention,improvement, process, designs or copyright works in the Company and in themeantime are required, notwithstanding termination of your employment, to doall that is necessary to obtain patent or other protection and to hold allrights in connection with the discovery, inventions, improvement, process,design or copyright works in trust for the Company.

 

Restrictions upon Termination

 

During the course of your employment you will have access to customersas well as confidential information. In order to protect the Company’s businessand its relationship with its customers you must not at any time during thetwelve months immediately following the termination of your employment with theCompany (for whatever reason) or, if earlier, the date on which you commencegarden leave (as defined in your terms and conditions of employment) andwhether on your own account or on behalf of any other person, firm or company:

 

•      solicit,entice or endeavour to entice away from the Company any person employed by theCompany either at managerial level or in a sales capacity who had been soemployed at the date of termination of your employment and with whom you hadcontact during the period of one year prior to that date;

 

•      solicit custom from or deal with any person firm or company who or whichwas a customer of the Company at the date of termination of your employment orduring the period of one year prior to that date and with whom you had contactduring that period in relation to any products or services of a type sold ormanufactured by the Company in respect of the provision or sale of which youwere concerned to a material extent during your employment with the Company;

 

•      incompetition with the Company engage in or undertake work of a similar nature tothat engaged in or undertaken by the Company in relation to the manufacture orsale of products or the provision of services being products or services withwhich you were concerned to a material extent and within the geographical areaor areas in which you were employed or for which you had responsibility at thedate of termination of your employment or during the period of one year priorthereto.

 

Inthe event of any infringement of these provisions the Company will take suchsteps as appropriate to protect its position which may include injunctionproceedings and/or a claim for damages.

 

 

/s/A. J. Habgood

 

Anthony Habgood

Chairman

 

 

I confirm that I will abide by the requirements and restrictions as setout above.

 

 

/s/B. M. May

 

9 December 2005

 

B M May

 

Date

 

 

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