The company director is the person tasked with running a UK limited company. As you would expect, this comes with a number of responsibilities. But can someone who doesn’t live in the UK take on the role of a company director? Let’s take a look.
Who can and can’t be a director?
Anyone can be a director, as long as they are at least 16 years old, and have not been disqualified from becoming one (by a court order or by the company’s own memorandum and articles).
Put simply, it does not matter where the director-to-be lives (or where they were born).
How to appoint a company director
If your company is not yet formed, the director appointment will be included as part of the company formation process. You can form your company with Companies House or through a company formation agent, such as 1st Formations.
Alternatively, you can appoint the director with our free online company manager.
The director addresses
When appointing a director, you will need to provide Companies House with two addresses:
Director service address (also known as the correspondence address)
This is the official address for the director and where government mail, specifically for the director, will be sent. Unlike the company’s registered office, this does not need to be based in the UK.
The service address can be a residential address, but using a residential address is not ideal as it is placed on the public register – making it susceptible to uninvited visitors and direct mail. This can be avoided by using an alternative address that you have permission to use as the service address.
Director home address (also known as the usual residential address)
This must be the actual residential address of the director who is being appointed. It will not be placed on the public register unless it is also being used as the registered office and/or the service address.
What other information is needed to appoint a company director?
As well as the addresses mentioned above, you also need to provide the following:
- Title and full name
- Date of birth
As soon as the appointment has been confirmed, this information will be placed on the public register.
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So there you have it – it simply does not matter where the company director lives.
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