Appoint or Remove A Director

Manage your company’s officers.

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Every private limited company must have a minimum of one director, with no maximum restriction imposed. At any time after incorporation, additional directors can be appointed to the company. Similarly, a director can resign at any time, providing there is at least one director remaining on the date of their resignation, or Companies House will dissolve the company. The company’s Articles of Association will provide more information on director appointments and resignations.

How are directors appointed and removed in a company?

Directors can be appointed by the shareholders or by a director decision (if permitted by the Articles of Association) and are typically removed by the director themselves providing a letter of resignation to the remaining directors. All changes must be reported to Companies House within 14 days by filing the relevant forms.

What information is required to appoint a new director?

To appoint a director at Companies House, we would require the company number and authentication code, in combination with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Residential address (this will not be publicly available on Companies House unless used as the service address)
  • Service address (we can provide a service address for you for an additional charge)
  • Date of appointment

What information is required to resign a director?

To resign as a company director at Companies House, we would require the company number and authentication code, in combination with the following details:

  • Their full name
  • The date of their resignation

What does this service include?

As part of our director appointment and resignation service, we will file all relevant forms with Companies House and prepare any additional documents including minutes, resolutions and letters.

Once completed, you will receive an email confirming acceptance of the appointment or resignation at Companies House.

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FrequentlyAsked Questions!

Can anyone be a director?

No, not everyone can be a director. To be a director you must:

  • Be over the age of 16
  • Not have been disqualified by a court from acting as a director, or;
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt

Can a company be appointed as a director?

If the company has only one director, they must be a ‘real and natural person’, i.e., an individual not a company. Companies House are intending to remove corporate directors altogether so you should bear this in mind if you are intending to appoint another company as a director.

Who has the right to appoint and remove directors?

Shareholders can appoint and remove directors, and directors may be able to appoint fellow directors if permitted in the company’s Articles of Association. Any shareholder holding more than 25% of shares may be granted the right to appoint or remove the majority of the board of directors.

What happens if all directors resign from a company?

If all directors resign, and there are no active appointments, Companies House will begin the process to strike off the company.

Can a sole director resign?

A sole director can resign but the Companies Act 2006 states that a replacement will be required. The company will be struck off the register if a replacement is not appointed.

Can a director resign at any time?

Yes, a director can resign at any time after they have been appointed.

How long is a director liable after resignation?

A director is no longer liable after resignation, although their duty to avoid a conflict of interest still applies in relation to exploiting any information received during their appointment as director.

Can I resign as a director during striking off process?

There is nothing that prevents a director from resigning after the application to dissolve the company has been received and accepted by Companies House. However, directors should not resign before the application is received.

Can I resign as a director and remain a shareholder?

Yes, the two roles are not mutually exclusive so you can retain your shares in the company. If you wish to transfer your shares when resigning, contact us to discuss.