Press release

12 years’ disqualification for director whose company sold potentially toxic cancer ‘treatment’

Roger Shelley, 68, a company director from Canewdon, Essex has been disqualified from acting as a director for 12 years.


Mr Shelley, whose disqualification follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service, gave an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills that he will not act as a director of a limited company until May 2028.

The investigation found that Mr Shelley had caused The Vitamin Service Limited to breach regulations set out by the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and those of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 by marketing ‘metabolic therapy’ which were potentially toxic as a treatment to prevent and/or cure cancer.

An investigation was also carried out by Trading Standards which resulted in charges being bought against both The Vitamin Service Limited and Mr Shelley as a director of the company.

Gemma Game, Deputy Head of Investigations, stated:

When company directors do not comply with legislation designed to protect consumers, the Insolvency Service will fully investigate the circumstances and take action when appropriate.

Notes to editors

Roger Shelley is of Canewdon, Essex and his date of birth is 29 August 1947;

The Vitamin Service Limited (Company Reg. No.04144240) was incorporated on 19 January 2001 and was placed into Creditors voluntary liquidation on 22 May 2015.

Further information about the work of the Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team is available

A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot:

  • act as a director of a company
  • take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership
  • be a receiver of a company’s property

In addition that person cannot act as an insolvency practitioner and there are many other restrictions are placed on disqualified directors by other regulations.

Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.

Further information on director disqualifications and restrictions can be found here.

The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice. Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.

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Published 2 September 2016