Chief Executive, Companies House

Louise Smyth

Biography

Louise Smyth joined the IPO as a training manager in 1992, and has worked in a number of different corporate services areas within the office. She was appointed Head of Human Resources and Corporate Services in 2005 and in 2008 she became Business Support Director.

Louise was appointed director of IT, responsible for ensuring that the IT infrastructure of the IPO was being used effectively by all employees and departments.

In August 2013, Louise returned to the corporate services area when she was appointed Director of People, Places & Services.

In June 2014, Louise became acting Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Corporate Services: IT, People, Places and Services and Finance.

In February 2015, Louise became Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Corporate Services: IT, People, Places and Services and Finance.

Chief Executive, Companies House

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