Information for Investors


Optare Plc Matched Bargain Service

The Matched bargain Service is provided by Capita Asset Services on behalf of Optare Plc

Telephone Capita Asset Services Helpline: +44 (0) 203 170 0234 (calls are charged at local rate plus network extras. Lines are open from 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday excluding UK Bank Holidays) 


• The service is available to new and existing shareholders who are within the EEA
• The service is operated by Capita Asset Services*
• Optare shares are considered to be a ‘Complex’ investment as they are not admitted to trading on a Regulated Market
• The service allows shareholders to buy and sell Optare plc shares off-market, confidentially, without needing to have any direct contact with the counterparty to the trade, and is a mechanism for the exchange of shares where buyers’ and sellers’ price expectations match
• On request, an application form (and for sellers a CREST Transfer) will be issued for completion and return, (with the share certificate if a seller)
• We request the minimum share price a seller wants to receive and a maximum that a buyer is willing to pay.
• Capita will then try to match a buyer and seller with similar prices, by running down the order book from the earliest application to the latest application
• There may be instances where a partial trade may be offered to a buyer/seller, depending on how many shares are being bought or sold by a matched party
• Clients can amend or cancel their orders , so long as an order has not commenced with a counterparty (buyer or seller, as appropriate)
• Fees and charges – the service is free to new and existing shareholders
If you are unsure of the process in either buying or selling Optare Plc shares, call our helpline who will explain and go through the process with you.
Neither Capita Asset Services or Optare Plc offer investment advice. It is an execution only service and is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold, Optare Plc shares. If you are in doubt as to what action you should take, you should consult an appropriately qualified adviser

 *Capita Asset Services is the trading name of Capita IRG Trustees Limited and is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority

Corporate Governance

The Directors recognise the importance of sound corporate governance. They intend to comply with the main provisions of the Combined Code wherever practicable, given the company’s size and the constitution of the Board.

The Directors have established an audit committee and a remuneration committee.

The remuneration committee will determine the terms and conditions of service, including the remuneration and grant of options to executive Directors.

Non-Executive Chairman, John Fickling, is the chairman of the remuneration committee and Non-Executive Director, Venkat Venkatesan, is a member of the remuneration committee.

The audit committee has primary responsibility for monitoring the quality of internal financial controls and ensuring that the financial performance of the company is properly measured and reported on, and for reviewing reports from the company’s auditors relating to accounting and internal controls.

Non-Executive Director, Gopal Mahadevan, is the chairman of the audit committee and Non-Executive Chairman, John Fickling, is a member of the audit committee.

Takeover Regulations

Optare plc is subject to the UK City Code on Takeover & Mergers.

Company Directors

John Fickling
(Non-Executive Chairman)

John Fickling has considerable experience in the transport industry as a former major shareholder and Executive Director of Northumbria Buses and Kentish Bus.

He was Chief Executive of Sunderland AFC for 11 years, where he oversaw the building of the Stadium of Light and the new training academy and had significant involvement in its full stock market listing in the late 1990s.

John has a keen interest in green issues in public transport.

Steven Norris
(Non-Executive Deputy Chairman)

Steven John Norris, 71, started his career in the engineering and motor industries, entering into politics in 1977 when he was elected to Berkshire County Council.  In 1983 he became the Member of Parliament for Oxford East and subsequently held various parliamentary positions until 1992 when he became the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Minister for Transport in London.  Mr Norris was responsible for the Jubilee line extension, the largest extension of the London Underground network to date.

Mr Norris is widely known for his interest in public transport. He possesses a wealth of experience and is either currently or has previously held roles as Chairman of the National Cycling Strategy Board, Director General of the Road Haulage Association and President of the Motor Cycle Industry Association, a Commissioner with the Independent Transport Commission, and a patron of the cyclists charity, Sustrans and of the Campaign for Better Transport (UK) Trust. Mr Norris holds an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.

Venkatesan Venkataraman
(Non-Executive Director)

Venkatesan Venkataraman ("Venkat") is currently President of Business Development & Strategy for Hinduja Automotive Limited, responsible for Strategy, M&A and Business Development activities of the Hinduja Group's automotive interests based in the UK.

Starting as a Graduate Engineer in Ashok Leyland, he has over 30 years' experience in Industrial Engineering, Business and Corporate Planning functions.

He was briefly COO of Avia Ashok Leyland Motors s.r.o in Prague in 2006-07 where he played a key role in the acquisition and stabilization of operations.

He led the Ashok Leyland negotiations for their initial stake and subsequently, their increased stake in Optare, where he continues, on Ashok Leyland's behalf to oversee strategic co-operation initiatives.

Venkatarman Thyagarajan
(Non-Executive Director)

Mr Venkataraman Thyagarajan, 56, is an Indian citizen and is currently the Head of Global Bus Business of Ashok Leyland Ltd, Optare's parent company.  Mr Venkataraman is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Management.  

Mr Venkataraman has 34 years experience in the automotive industry and started his career in 1981 with various organizations such as Suhail Bahwan & Saud Bahwan Group, Amalgamations Group, McNeil & Magon and Enfield Motors. 

Mr Venkataraman was a Professor at NITIE, Mumbai for three years and has four publications to his credit.  Mr. Venkataraman joined Ashok Leyland Ltd in April 2010 and is responsible for the Global Bus Business. He is a Director of the Ashok Leyland (UAE) LLC and Irizar TVS Ltd.

Gopal Mahadevan
(Non-Executive Director)

Gopal Mahadevan is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary with 26 years’ experience in finance functions across a variety of industries. He started his career with the TTK Group and then moved to Sanmar Group where he progressed to head Finance for their PVC business.

He later joined Sify Limited to head Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal and Nasdaq Compliances, following which he joined Amara Raja Batteries as Group CFO. Prior to his appointment to Ashok Leyland, Gopal was CFO of engineering company Thermax Limited.

Anuj Kathuria
(Non-Executive Director) 

An Engineering Graduate from BITS and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Mr Kathuria brings a wealth of experience across multiple functions including manufacturing, sourcing, mergers and acquisitions and program management.

He also undertook a two year overseas assignment as head of global sourcing.

Having been with Ashok Leyland since 2010, he heads Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain and is responsible for all supply chain activities.



Annual General Meeting

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held on 27 September 2016 at 10.30am at the Company's registered office:

Unit 3, Hurricane Way South,
Sherburn in Elmet,
North Yorkshire
LS25 6PT

2016 Annual Report and Accounts

Form of Proxy - General Meeting to be held on 27 September 2016

Shareholder Documents

Optare plc is incorporated in England (Registration Number 06481690), which is also its main country of operation.
The Company is not currently listed on any other exchanges or trading platforms.  (Pleasenote pop-up blockers may affect the performance of this website)

Circular Re: Final de-listing
(30 April 2015)

Circular Re: Placing
(20th December 2011)

Circular Re: Placing
(15th February 2011)

Circular Re: Placing
(29th July 2010)

Articles of Association
(June 2010) 

Circular Re: Placing
(3rd September 2009)

Supplementary Admission Document
(7th July 2008)

Admission Document
(June 2008)

Admission Document
(February 2008)

Certificate of Incorporation

Memorandum of Association

Shares in Issue

Number of shares in issue (as at 7 March 2014):
2,235,291,827 Ordinary Shares of 0.1p each.

Significant shareholders (as at 7 March 2014):
Ashok Leyland: 75.1%
Directors: 0.16%

Shares not in public hands

Quality statement

Optare is committed to product and service excellence; designing, producing and delivering buses that meet market quality and performance criteria.

We work with our customers to ensure that our products and services meet their requirements and expectations by:

- Building and maintaining the management system through regular reviews of the systems to continuously improve,

- Continuously improving product designs, performance, reliability and after-market services,

- Training and development of employees,

- Developing partnerships with our suppliers,

- Recognizing that Quality is the responsibility of every employee extending from the Board of Directors and it is the duty of all employees to ensure these commitments are fulfilled.

All departments within our organisation work together closely to achieve product and service excellence.

The Quality Management System (QMS) and Policy will be reviewed to assess its effectiveness and opportunities for improvement

This policy is fundamental to the company’s operations. Therefore all levels of the company actively support the Quality Department in its implementation.

Graham Belgum