Chief Executive, Registrar of Companies

Louise Smyth

Biography

Louise Smyth joined Companies House in September 2017 as Chief Executive and Registrar for England and Wales.

Before joining Companies House Louise held a number of senior positions at the International Property Office (IPO), including director of IT, Director of People, Places & Services.

Louise went on to become Chief Operating Officer in 2014, responsible for Corporate Services: IT, People, Places and Services and Finance.

Chief Executive, Registrar of Companies

The Chief Executive and Registrar for England and Wales is responsible for:

  • incorporating and registering companies
  • taking action if a company fails to file the documents required under the Companies Act 2006, which may involve dissolving companies or penalising directors
  • making company data available to the public
  • the day to day running of Companies House

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Operating Officer, IPO

    • 2014 to 2017
  2. People, Places & Services Director, IPO

    • 2013 to 2014