A director appointment is the formal process of appointing a person as a director of a company. Becoming a director means assuming responsibility for managing the day-to-day business of the company, whilst at the same time being subject to a number of legal duties.
When a person is appointed as a director, their details are added to the Companies House database which is visible to the public.
A director resignation is the process of resigning a person as a director of a company. Doing so ceases most of the powers, duties, and responsibilities placed on the now-resigned director.
Details of resigned directors will remain on the Companies House public record, although it will show that the person is no longer active.
The director appointment process usually starts with the prospective director signing a ‘Letter of Consent to Act’, confirming they wish to take up the role. In many companies, the existing directors then approve the appointment at a board meeting or by signing a board resolution.
However, in some companies this decision will need to be made by the members (guarantors or shareholders) at a general meeting or by written resolution.
Once the appointment has been approved, the company’s internal records are updated, and an appointment form is submitted to Companies House.
You will need to provide us with your company name, number, and authentication code to start the appointment process. We’ll also need the following personal details about the new director:
Please note: All details will be publicly visible on Companies House except for the home address and the ‘day’ element of the date of birth.
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Once the relevant appointment documentation has been signed, you should let us know by email so that we can submit the filing.
Director appointments usually take 2-3 working days to complete. This includes the drafting of the documentation, signing by the relevant parties, and submission of the filing to Companies House. The Companies House filing will then usually be accepted within 48 hours.
To be eligible to become a director, a person must meet all of the following conditions:
Resigning a director is usually a simple process. The resigning director delivers a signed and dated letter of resignation to the company. The board will then normally note the resignation at a meeting or by board resolution.
Finally, a resignation form is filed at Companies House, updating the public register to show the person is no longer an active director of the company.
You will need to provide us with your company name, number, authentication code, and the name of the resigning director to start the resignation process. We’ll also need confirmation by email of when the documents have been signed to make the required filing.
Director resignations usually take 2-3 working days to complete. This includes the drafting of the documentation, signing by the relevant parties, and submission of the filing to Companies House. The Companies House filing will then usually be accepted within 48 hours.
The Companies Act 2006 requires all private limited companies to have at least one director appointed at all times. For public limited companies, this minimum is two directors. Companies can also modify their articles of association to set a higher minimum if they wish.
There is no legal maximum number of directors that a company can have. However, companies can modify their articles of association to set their own limits as to how many directors they can have appointed at any one time.
Directors are tasked with looking after the day-to-day running of a company on behalf of its owners. They have a diverse range of duties and responsibilities which include making sure all statutory filings are submitted on time, all necessary payments are made and that the company is complying with all relevant legislation.
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