Director of Corporate Strategy and Regulator of Community Interest Companies

Ceri Witchard

Ceri Witchard



Ceri joined Companies House in 2015. Ceri has a degree in mathematics from Cardiff University and started her career in the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), where she held a variety of different roles. She began as a patent examiner, and later became Head of Copyright Policy, implementing the Artists’ Resale Right Directive. More recently, she was Deputy Director for Innovation, where she was responsible for the IPO’s support for small businesses. Ceri is also the Community Interest Company Regulator.

Director of Corporate Strategy

Regulator of Community Interest Companies

Regulator of Community Interest Companies

The Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 ‘the Act’ established the Regulator as an independent public office holder appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (previously the Department of Trade and Industry).

The appointment was subject to an open public recruitment process monitored by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The regulator is an independent official and her powers are set out in the Act and the Community Interest Company Regulations 2005. The Act requires her to discharge her functions in accordance with good regulatory practice.

In particular, she must have regard to the likely impact of her actions on those affected, the results of consultation with stakeholders and the efficient and economic use of her resources.

The government expects the regulator to be a ‘light touch regulator’ who will encourage the development of the CIC brand and provide guidance and assistance on matters relating to CICs.

Read more about the status, role and function of the regulator of CICs.

Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies