Directorship Checks & Director Background Screening

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Hiring a director for your business is a momentous decision – one that can have long-lasting ramifications to your reputation, profitability and organisation. When you’re appointing a director, it’s extremely important that you do your research – that’s where Global Investigations’ background checks for directors come in. We can provide peace of mind through detailed directorship research to identify conflict of interest, past directorships and any potential disqualifications. 


Directorship Check Services 

Here at Global Investigations, our team of private detectives have spent extensive experience when it comes to background screening services. If you’re looking to hire a new company director, taking the time to research their background and ensure they are completely above board is essential. A director check can uncover things that your candidate may not necessarily share, such as a complete list of current and past directorships, potential conflicts of interest and even criminal or DBS checks should they be required. 

By having a complete overview of your candidate, from their right to work in the UK, verifying information provided by the candidate, and even following up on references from current and previous employers, existing employees and previous directorship positions, you can ascertain that you’re making the right decision for your business, and your current employees. 


Why Do You Need Director Background Checks? 

Directorship checks are not only an essential part of enhanced due diligence, in the long-run they can save your business money, time, and avoid damage to your reputation. Any business considering hiring a new director should take the time to verify that an applicant is who they say they are, and has the ability to support the business through any coming trials. Professional background checks for pre-employment screening of directors help you to quickly and efficiently decide if someone is right for your company, by providing a complete overview to your current director or senior members of the team. 


Identify Past Directorships

Our investigators uncover a candidate’s full history of previous board roles, including tenures, responsibilities, performance, related party transactions, controversies, and reasons for departure. We identify any concerning trends or board experiences which your candidate might not have disclosed.


Minimise Conflicts of Interest

We thoroughly analyse a candidate’s outside positions, investments, and relationships to identify any areas presenting real or perceived conflicts of interest with your organisation. Our insights allow you to avoid appointing compromised directors who could damage your business’ reputation, those who are currently disqualified or those who may abuse their potential position for personal gain.


Complete DBS & Criminal Record Checks

All potential directors undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks alongside full UK and international criminal record screening. We ensure potential directors don’t have hidden convictions or charges that could damage your reputation, or even compromise their trustworthiness when they hold the position within your company. 


Check Qualifications & Experience

Verifying a candidate’s stated qualifications, credentials, and relevant experience is crucial. We validate any claimed degrees, certificates, prior roles, responsibilities, achievements, specialised skills, and the candidate’s current professional memberships to ensure you’re getting a complete overview of your candidate. 


Checks To Ensure Suitability

In addition to checking qualifications and experience, we can also provide a range of personal checks. This will not only check references, but it will also ensure that the candidate is a good fit for your company. Hiring someone with a reputation that you may not be aware of, particularly in close-knit or niche industries, can have a long-lasting impact on your company’s reputation. Choosing a director needs to be about more than their Companies House or employment history – you need a fully rounded overview of the candidate before making them director of a company. 


Streamlining Your Hiring Process

Our comprehensive director screening allows you to make quick, informed decisions on appointments. We provide all due diligence upfront so you can onboard quality directors without delays or rework. The insights you’ll gain from a detailed directorship search are invaluable and can help you to make your hiring process quicker and safer for your business.


Why Choose Global Investigations for Directorship Background Screening? 

At Global Investigations, our team of private investigators have extensive experience when it comes to carrying out employment screening, senior management and directorship checks of all kinds. We’ve worked with both small businesses and international companies to ensure that the directors they choose are fully-qualified, trustworthy and the right choice for the business in question. 

For more information on the wide range of background screenings for potential directors that we can provide, contact our experienced team today. With comprehensive checks available to help you see the bigger picture around any candidate, our investigations team can help you make the right decision for your business.

Director Checks: Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Benefit From Directorship Checks? 

Any organisation, from startups to enterprises, can benefit from full background screening of potential directors. Proper due diligence reduces risks and ensures you appoint qualified leaders. Public companies have mandatory requirements when it comes to researching their appointees, and as such are typically required to carry out this kind of enhanced due diligence. Private firms should also verify directors as part of the pre-screening and employment checks, but it isn’t always a legal requirement.

What Kinds of Things Can a Director Check Uncover? 

Our checks uncover past fraud/misconduct, potential conflicts of interest, exaggerations/lies on a CV, hidden criminal records, financial problems, regulatory breaches, relevant experience gaps, undisclosed related-party deals, and other issues that raise red flags about a candidate’s suitability.

Do All Directorship Checks Including DBS Checks?

Yes, we include a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as standard with all of our director background screening. This reveals any undisclosed criminal convictions or charges that could disqualify candidates from leadership roles. We also research global sanctions lists, which is not only essential for international trade and travel, but extremely important to understand the character of your candidate.

How Long Does a Directorship Background Check Take? 

Our private investigators and director researchers normally require a minimum of 18 – 20 working days to complete a comprehensive directorship check on a standard time frame. This can sometimes be expedited in urgent situations, depending on your business needs. 

How Much Do Commercial Director Check Solutions Cost?

Directorship checks should be charged on a case-by-case basis. Every potential director, company secretary or whatever senior role you’re looking to fill is unique and will require a different amount of work. Here at Global Investigations, our team of commercial private investigators will discuss your requirements with you, and ensure that our checks are as detailed and thorough as possible. From checking employment references to researching previous appointments, criminal record checks, media checks and any other potential risks, we can ensure that you are protecting your business.