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Directors and Director’s Addresses

Is there a minimum or maximum age for directors?

The minimum age for a director is 16 year old.  There is no maximum age for directors.

What is the minimum number of directors a company requires?

The Companies Act 2006 requires a private company to have at least one director.  Public companies are required to have at least two directors.  In either case, at least one of a company’s directors must be an individual (i.e. not a company or other form of legal entity).

What is a service address?

A service address is one that can be used by a director to receive communications from third parties about the company. The service address can be the same as the person’s residential address, or the registered office address of the company, or it can be somewhere different. A service address is also known as a correspondence address.

What is a usual residential address?

A usual residential address is the usual home address of the person concerned.  It still has to be filed with the Registrar but it will not be available on the public record for everyone to see and will be held on a private register only available to predetermined organisations.

Is there a requirement for directors to provide their residential address to Companies House?

Yes. Every director must provide both their usual residential address and, for each directorship, a service address. The service address will be on the public record; the residential address will be protected information. A director may choose to use his residential address as his service address; if this is the case the service address will still appear on the public record, but the fact that the two addresses are the same will be protected information.

Who can obtain a directors' residential address from Companies House?

The following organisations will be able to apply to gain access to directors’ residential addresses:

  • Specified public bodies for carrying out their public functions, and
  • Credit reference agencies for vetting applications for credit and associated work and to meet the obligations in the Money Laundering Regulations.

Vulnerable directors will be able to apply to the Registrar for their addresses not to be provided to credit reference agencies.

Which directors' addresses will not be provided to credit reference agencies?

Credit Reference agencies will not be able to obtain the usual residential address of any director who is the beneficiary of a valid Confidentiality Order on 30 September 2009, or who has made a successful application to the Registrar under section 243 of the Companies Act 2006 on the grounds that he is:

  • at serious risk of violence or intimidation as a result of the activities of a company of which he is a director;
  • has been employed by the police or security services;
  • providing, or has provided, goods or services to the police or security services.

Does the Companies Act 2006 allow for a director to be banned from using a service address if it is found to be ineffective?

Yes, if the Registrar becomes aware that a service address is ineffective he has the power to ban the use of this address and place the director’s usual residential address on the public register.  This director will then be unable to register a service address for 5 years.

If a company is in default; will any letter addressed to the directors go to their service address or their residential address?

Letters will be sent to the director’s service/correspondence address.

Will Companies House still register 'Confidentiality Order' for directors under severe threat?

Confidentiality Orders ceased on implementation of the Act on 1st October 2009. Section 243(5) allows for directors at risk to apply for their usual residential address not to be disclosed to Credit Reference Agencies.

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