Sarah Whitehead


Sarah joined the Civil Service as a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in 2009. Since then, she has held a variety of policy and operational roles at the IPO, before joining Companies House as Director of Strategy, Policy and External Communications in July 2023.

Sarah has experience of domestic legislation, international, trade and innovation policy. In 2019 she was chair of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents. Prior to her current role at Companies House, Sarah was Acting Director of Business and International Policy at the IPO and Deputy Director for Customer Experience within the IPO’s Business Operations Division.





Sarah Whitehead
Director of Strategy, Policy & External Communications
Companies House