UK Companies House announces new Chief Executive

Louise Smyth has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Companies House and The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales effective September 2017.

Louise joins Companies House from a long career at the Intellectual Property Office, including roles as Director of IT, Director of Corporate Services and latterly as Chief Operating Officer.  For the full story click here.

CRF – Upcoming Events


The executive have the pleasure in announcing dates for the following events.

1. Technical workshop to be hosted by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission of South Africa 23-25 August 2017. For further details click or contact Mr Rory Voller

2. Technical workshop to be hosted by the Companies Registration Office Qatar Financial Centre 15-16 November 2017. For further details contact Mr Abdul Rasheed Purayil

3. Annual CRF conference to be hosted by the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority of Botswana 21-25 May 2018. For further details contact Mr Conductor Paul Masena

CRF Bursary Scheme announcement


The Executive Committee are pleased to announce a new Conference Assistance Scheme. CRF members can apply for a bursary to help fund conference attendance fees at the annual CRF conference and any CRF related events during the year. The scheme can also be used to assist host jurisdictions in covering costs for speakers at these events.  The annual budget will be up to USD 2,000 per annum.

For full details of the bursary scheme, CLICK HERE.  The bursary application scheme can be found HERE.

Rosanne Bell Appointed President of the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF)

Rosanne Bell

Rosanne Bell, Senior Executive Leader, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, has been appointed as the President of the Corporate Registers Forum.  Rosanne replaces Tim Moss CBE who will be leaving his role as the Chief Executive and Registrar of Companies for the United Kingdom at the end of the month.

Rosanne will hold the position of President until the Annual General Meeting in 2018.

Rosanne Bell is the Senior Executive Leader of Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s registry business. Rosanne has over 20 years of regulatory experience in a variety of roles in Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Rosanne is responsible for providing efficient and accessible registration services with a strong focus on cutting red tape for small businesses. ASIC has over 4 million registered entities on over 30 registers. Rosanne has led the implementation of several Government policy reforms impacting the registry including the new national Business Names register in 2012. Most recently Rosanne has led the ASIC registry’s involvement in a Government tender process that considered the privatisation of the ASIC registry.

Rosanne has a long association with the CRF and has held roles on the Executive Committee for many years, she was involved in hosting the CRF in Australia in 2005.


The Corporate Registers Forum (CRF) and the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) co-organised the 2nd CRF Technical Workshop held on 18 & 19 October 2016 at the Aloft Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The workshop was attended by participants from New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong S.A.R., Netherlands, Solomon Islands, the Republic of Vanuatu, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, the Republic of Turkey, Labuan, Vietnam, the Republic of Maldives and Tunisia. The theme of the workshop was “The Future Role of the Registry and it was divided into 8 sessions discussing topics ranging from beneficial ownership, data integrity, delinquent directors, cross-border cooperation, corporate service providers and collateral registry. Speakers for the workshop comprised of fellow international corporate regulators, international bodies and speakers from MITI, MAICSA and SSM. Part of the programme of the workshop was a visit to the SSM Headquarters located at KL Sentral. During the visit, the participants were briefed on operational matters and taken on a tour of SSM and also the SSM ExBiz on the Go Bus. SSM would like to take this opportunity to thank the participants and speakers for their participation, sharing of knowledge and information and for making the workshop a success.