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Appointing directors

Private limited companies must have at least director. The directors are responsible for the company’s performance, and for meeting certain legal requirements such as maintaining the company’s records and ensuring the company’s accounts are accurate.

How do I appoint directors when I set up my company?

When you first register your new company with Companies House, you will need to name at least one director as part of the incorporation process. Each director must be at least 16 years old, and must not be currently disqualified from being a company director.

When appointing a director using the Companies House Web Incorporation Service, you will need the following information:

  • the director’s home and business addresses
  • the director’s date of birth
  • three pieces of personal information about the director (place of birth, telephone number, mother’s maiden name, eye colour, father’s first name, passport number or national insurance number).

How do I add or remove directors?

You must inform Companies House within 14 days if a new director is appointed or if an existing director leaves the business. The same deadline applies if you just need to change a director’s personal details, such as their address.

To report changes, use the Companies House online form at

Who can’t be a director?

An individual can be disqualified from being a company director if they fail to conduct themselves appropriately, for example by not keeping proper accounting records, or failing to pay tax.

You can search for disqualified directors using the online register at Companies House.

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