Gordon Manson, who was connected with Moda Business Centres Ltd, which went insolvent in November 2010 has been disqualified from acting as a company director for 13 years, following an investigation by The Insolvency Service.
Mr Manson, 48, was not formally appointed as a director of the company and had even gone to great lengths to try and hide his directorship role, but The Insolvency Service investigation found that he was acting in that capacity.
Mr Manson has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills not to act as a director or be involved in the management of a company in any way unless he has permission from the court. The disqualification comes into force from 27 December 2012.
In giving the undertaking, Mr Manson accepted that he had acted as a director of the company under aliases, including Gordon Masson and James Fraser Henderson, despite being subject to an earlier disqualification as a director.
Moda Business Centres, whose registered office was in Aylesbury, provided serviced offices in the Somerset and Buckinghamshire areas. It went into liquidation in November 2010 owing nearly 640,000 for supplies, unpaid tax and wages.
Commenting on the case, David Brooks, a Chief Examiner for The Insolvency Service stated:
Mr Mason acted a director of a company knowing full well that he was already disqualified from being a director. This is a blatant abuse of court orders.
This disqualification should serve as a clear warning that The Insolvency Service investigates unacceptable conduct by company directors regardless of whether or not the people in control of companies are open about their roles, and even if they try to conceal their true identity.
Disqualifications ensure that proper standards are maintained, and well run businesses do not suffer unfair competition from companies that do not comply with legal requirements