Can anyone be a company director?

To be a director of a company in the UK you must:

  • be at least 16 years old.
  • not have been disqualified previously from being a director (unless the court has given you permission).
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt.

It is the decision of the members or shareholders of the company who should be appointed a director. The decision to appoint the director should be based on the members' or shareholders' belief that the chosen individual has the ability to run the company well on their behalf.

A director does not however have to be an individual. A corporate entity (e.g. another company) may be appointed as a director of a company in the UK but there must be at least one individual appointed as a director.

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