b'Mercia asset Management PLc61Annual Report and Accounts 2021Disclosure of information to the auditorSo far as each of the persons who are Directors at the date of signing the financial statements are aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the Groups auditor is unaware and each Director has taken all the steps that he or she ought to have taken as a Director, in order to make himself or herself aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Groups auditor is aware of that information.AuditorDuring the year ended 31 March 2021, the Audit and Risk Committee led a competitive audit tender process. Followingdue consideration, the Board resolved to appoint the Audit Committees recommended candidate, BDO LLP, which replaced Deloitte LLP as the auditor of the Group. In accordance with section 519 of the Companies Act 2006, Deloitte LLP deposited with the Company a statement confirming that there were no matters connected with it ceasing to hold office that needed toSarah-Louise Thawley be brought to the attention of members or creditors of theGroup General Counsel & Company Secretary Strategic report Financial statementsCompany. Date of appointmentBDO LLP has indicated their willingness to continue in office andJuly 2020a resolution concerning their reappointment will be proposed atExperience Governancethe forthcoming Annual General Meeting. Sarah joined the Group as Head of Legal in October 2018 and was promoted to Group General Counsel & Company Approved by the Board and signed on its behalf by: Secretary in July 2020. She is responsible for providing legal advice across the Group and the portfolio and managing the Groups relationship with external legal Sarah-Louise Thawley advisers, as well as performing the role of Company Company Secretary Secretary. Sarah is based at the Henley-in-Arden office.5 July 2021Sarah qualified as a corporate solicitor in 2007 and has Forward House, 17 High Street, Henley-in-Arden extensive experience in all aspects of corporate Warwickshire B95 5AA transactional and advisory legal work. In her previous role at Shoosmiths LLP, she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, venture and growth capital transactions, MBOs, MBIs, and corporate governance advice.'