A private company must have at least one director whereas a public company needs two. These are the legal minimums but please note that a higher figure can be set in the articles of association. A charity, for example, will normally need to have at least two directors.
A director must be 16 or over and not be disqualified from being a director.
Another company can be a director, but at least one of your company’s directors must be a person. From October 2016 the law will change to prohibit all corporate directors although there may be some exemptions.
A director is legally responsible for running the company and making sure company accounts and reports are prepared properly.
Directors’ names and addresses are publicly available from Companies House. You need to supply a ‘service address’ as well as your residential address. The service address is visible to the public but the residential address is reserved for Companies House, law enforcement agencies and credit reference agencies. It is possible to apply to protect your residential address from credit reference agencies if you or your family are at risk of abuse or harm because of your company’s business.