Appointing and Resigning Company Directors

Appointing a Director: When a limited company is first incorporated, at least one company director must be appointed. Thereafter any number of other directors can be appointed providing each meets the following criteria:

  • They are over 16 years of age
  • They do not have a criminal record
  • They have not been declared insolvent nor faced bankruptcy proceedings
Appointment of Director Form: To appoint a new director, the AP01 form must be completed and submitted to Companies House. Companies House will register the details of the new director on the company’s record.
Resignation of Director: A director can resign from a company at any time and this can be for a variety of reasons. Reasons for resigning could include:
  • Ill health
  • Retirement
  • Change of job/moving to other employment
  • Death
  • Inability to work with the other directors
  • Being disqualified from holding the position of director
Director Resignation Form: Companies House form TM01 must be submitted to inform them about the change to the company’s directors. However, no reason for the resignation has to be provided on the form.


Does one of your company directors wish to resign, or do you want to appoint a new director? We offer a complimentary service to process and submit the paperwork to Companies House on your behalf. Once processed, the changes will appear in the company filing history, usually within 24 hours.


  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth (nationality)
  • Occupation (‘Director’ will suffice)
  • Residential address
  • Service/correspondence address, if different
  • Date of appointment as a director

Appointing And Resigning Directors


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  • Whose director(s) are resigning, or
  • Looking to appoint a new director

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A limited company must have at least one director who can be either an individual or a corporate entity.
No, the role of a director is to be legally responsible for running the company and making sure statutory information is submitted to Companies House on time. A shareholder owns some, or all, of the company depending on the amount of issued share capital the shareholder owns.
Directors are often allotted shares in the company but this is not an automatic allocation.

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