Not really a question this, but a reminder (suggestion?) that Directors/Company Secretaries and practices that provide that service might want to double check Director's home addresses are right...
A couple of days ago I found that my home address details at Co House were wrong. More checking found that every company I'm a director of was wrong with the same error. (I only had authentication codes for some companies, but when the FDs for other companies checked my records were also wrong).
Following a lengthy discussion with Co House and to cut a long story short, while we don't know how it happened, it is likely that at some point in the past someone at Co House had processed a manual form/change for a different director at one of the companies on whose board I serve. Somehow my record got changed instead of theirs and all of my directorships were affected in every company for which I serve.
Now that everyone (sensible) uses the registered office of the company as the service/correspondence address Director's home address details are well hidden and never seen if all you do is submit accounts and file confirmation statments.
I suspect that home address would only be used by Co House if there are striking off plans etc. (in which case as a Director I would want to be informed)
The Co House Manager explained that GDPR rules meant that the only way to see a home address was to pretend to submit changes (and even showing them there had been a hard fought battle) -
To check a home address this is the process:
- Login to ewf.companieshouse.gov.uk using your email and password.
- Enter the authentication details for the company you want to check
- Scroll down to Directors and Secretaries
- Click the [Edit] link next to the name you want to check
- On the ‘Change an existing director’s personal details’ screen click [Change existing director’s details]
- The home address is near the bottom of the page – If necessary change it.
- Cancel out or Submit any changes with the appropriate date and ignore the "advise changes within 14 days warning" that pops up when you submit.
If anyone reading this is a Director, its worth checking your record (or asking the person with the authentication credentials to check for you) just to be on the safe side ;-)