From 1 October 2009 there are some changes to the information required to be filed at Companies House in relation to directors and secretaries.
Each director will need to file both a service address (which may be the company’s registered office) and his usual residential address. Only the service address will go on the public record at Companies House; the usual residential address will be kept on a separate, secure register and will only be disclosable by Companies House to certain specified public authorities and/or credit rating agencies. However, if a director’s usual residential address currently appears on the public record, it will remain there. A director can only apply to have that address removed if it was placed on the register at Companies House after 1 January 2003 and the director can show that, as a result of his address being publicly available, there is a serious risk that he or someone who lives with him could be subjected to violence or intimidation due to the activities of a company with which he is or has been involved.
Companies must keep two registers of directors, one which just contains their service addresses and which must be open to inspection, and one containing their usual residential addresses, which must be kept confidential.
A company, if it has a secretary, must keep the register of secretaries separate from the register of directors, and there is no longer a requirement for the secretary’s usual residential address to be disclosed.
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