The Minister responsible for Companies House is Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise. Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs, will be responsible for company law (including Companies House). The agency also has Trading Fund status which allows the agency to directly manage its own finances.
As Accounting Officer for the organisation, the Chief Executive is ultimately responsible to Ministers for the day to day running of the agency. The Chair for Companies House is Brian Landers.
Brian LandersChair of Companies House
Brian Landers was appointed as the Chair of Companies House on 1st August 2012. Brian is a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal and an Audit Commissioner. He was previously Deputy Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service, a Trustee of the Royal Armouries and Treasurer of the UK section of Amnesty International. He has extensive private sector Board experience in the UK and overseas. He has held financial, operational and general management positions in insurance, manufacturing, management consulting, retail and most recently publishing working for such household names as Sainsbury’s, W H Smith and Penguin Books. In addition he was the first Finance Director of the Prison Service. He has an MBA from London Business School.
Tim MossRegistrar of Companies for England and Wales
and Chief Executive of Companies House
Tim had been carrying out the role of Registrar on a temporary basis since March 2012, but was appointed into the post on a permanent basis in March 2013. Tim is the 31st Registrar of Companies in a long line that first started back in 1844. Tim joined Companies House in 2002 and spent the first couple of years running the operations and compliance departments before moving into the role of Director of Corporate Strategy. In that role he had a wide portfolio of work including business strategy, corporate policy, marketing, internal audit, corporate communications as well as leading the work on moving to a fully electronic register and service transformation. Before joining Companies House he spent 12 years in senior operational roles in manufacturing industry. He has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Swansea University and lives on a farm in South Wales.
Ann LewisDirector of Operations and Customer Delivery
Ann joined Companies House in July 2009, and is responsible for the Central Operations, for Customer Service and for Enforcement. Prior to joining Companies House, Ann was a Deputy Director within the Office for National Statistics (ONS) based in Newport. Ann has spent over 30 years at the ONS covering a variety of roles with a great deal of experience of introducing and managing major business change strategies. Ann has managed various large teams delivering complex portfolios, specialising in operational management and driving forward business change and efficiencies.
Neil HartleyDirector of Corporate Services
Neil joined Companies House in November 2012 and is responsible for Corporate Services including HR, IT, finance and estates. An accountant by profession, Neil has experience of a range of finance, corporate service and change leadership roles. He has worked in a number of departments and arms length bodies, including the Planning Inspectorate, the Infrastructure Planning Commission, Government Offices for the Regions, Communities and Local Government, the former electricity regulator and HMRC. Prior to joining Companies House Neil worked on a review of new business models for central Government functions, the merger of two national planning bodies and a national transformation programme for the Government Office Network's finance and procurement functions.
Craig LesterShareholder Executive Non-executive Board Member
Craig currently works at the Shareholder Executive (part of BIS) and leads on the National Nuclear Laboratory and the Nuclear Liabilities Fund, as well as being the lead sponsor for Companies House. Before that, he led ShEx's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority team and has had a varied career across the public sector, including senior policy, operational and delivery roles in HM Treasury and HMRC. He also spent three years as Director of Client Development at the Valuation Office Agency leading their fee-earning property work.
Peter WymanNon-executive Board Member
Peter Wyman has a portfolio of appointments in the private, public and third sectors including being Chairman of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman of Sir Richard Sutton's Settled Estates, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Pasco Risk Management, a Senior Advisor to Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, Chairman of Somerset Community Foundation and Treasurer of the University of Bath. Previously Peter was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. In 2002/03 Peter was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday honours in 2006 for services to the accountancy profession.
Sheila DoyleNon-executive Board Member
Sheila has extensive experience in business, in particular specialising in IT management, strategic alignment and complex program delivery. She has held senior positions, operating at board level with blue chip companies including BP, IBM, and Deutsche Bank. She consulted to financial and manufacturing firms in Asia Pacific having spent a number of years in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. More recently, Sheila has focused on delivering customer facing solutions and leveraging technology in the digital age. Sheila completed her PhD in Australia before returning to London with her family.
Jeff LynnNon-executive Board Member
Jeff is CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, one of the worlds leading equity crowd funding platforms. He also serves as founding Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), which advocates on behalf of digital startups and SMEs on policy and regulatory issues. Jeff is a passionate supporter of digital innovation and is a strong believer that the UK is the best place in the world to build a high-growth, global-facing business today. Jeff began his career as a corporate lawyer, practising with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London. He has an MBA and BCL from the University of Oxford, a JD from the University of Virginia and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike TaylorNon-executive Board Member
Mike has a MA Hons in Economics from Cambridge University. His professional career started in the City where he was a Research Analyst. Mike rose to Director level and headed the media research team at Credit Suisse First Boston. He was ranked highly within the leading internal and external polls and was involved in a number of high profile capital raising exercises for companies such as BSkyB, Granada Media and Thomson Corporation. Mike left the City in 2003 and founded Innovise plc. As founder CEO Mike has led the buy and build growth of Innovise that has been recognised for its rapid growth in the IT market as a three times Deloitte Fast 50 Winner (2010, 2011, 2012) and a two times Sunday Times Tech Track Winner (2011, 2012). Mike lives in Surrey with his wife and two daughters.
The purpose of the Main Board is to set the strategic direction for Companies House, maintain overall stewardship and governance, ensure our organisational capacity to deliver for our customers, as well as deal with business decisions of a strategic and broad nature.
The Main Board is also required to advise BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and ministers on its corporate plan and the extent to which Companies House carries out its functions effectively and efficiently in accordance with the Framework Document, the annual Business Plan and its ministerial public targets. In particular it advises on the strategies that will be adopted (as set out in its Business Plan), the targets that are agreed, for quality of service and financial performance, and the resources needed to meet those targets.
The Main Board is chaired by an Independent Chair. Other members include the Chief Executive, the Directors of Companies House, a senior representative of the Shareholder Executive and four Non Executive Board Members.
Members: Brian Landers, Peter Wyman, Sheila Doyle, Craig Lester, Tim Moss, Ann Lewis, Neil Hartley, Jeff Lynn, Mike Taylor
The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist and advise the Accounting Officer (Chief Executive and Registrar) on audit and corporate governance issues. The Committee acts in a non-executive advisory capacity.
The Committee supports the Main Board and Accounting Officer (AO) by reviewing the comprehensiveness of assurances in meeting the Board and AO’s assurance needs, and reviews the reliability and integrity of this assurance.
The Audit Committee comprises of three Non-executive Board Members (also Main Board members), one of which acts as the Chair. The Chief Executive/AO, Director of Finance, Head of Assurance, Risk and Consultancy (ARC) and a representative from the National Audit Office (NAO) are invited to attend meetings by invitation. In addition, other people may be invited to attend as appropriate to provide specialist skills, knowledge and experience.
Members: Peter Wyman, Sheila Doyle, Craig Lester, Jeff Lynn
The purpose of the Remuneration Committee is to approve the Companies House annual pay remit and to agree the formula for payments under the Corporate Efficiency Scheme which is based on the agency’s performance against its budget and key performance indicators.
The Remuneration Committee is also required to endorse, or comment on the Executive Team’s judgment of the affordability of making the payments and contribute to the development of Companies House longer term pay strategy. In addition, the Committee also deals with senior recruitment matters as and when required.
The Remuneration Committee reports its activities and findings to the Main Board as appropriate.
Members include the Main Board Chair, one other Non-Executive Board Member, the Chief Executive and a senior representative of the Shareholder Executive. The Head of the agency’s HR Department also attends the meetings.
Members: Brian Landers, Craig Lester, Tim Moss, Sheila Doyle