How to Change a Company Director?

How to Change a Company Director?

This section explains how to notify Companies House of a change of director by resigning the director and appointing a new director.

To remove a director from a limited company you need to resign the person by filing a form called TM01 at Companies House. This form can be posted to Companies House in paper form or you can file it online if you have the authentication code to access your company. Companies House can post this code to you if you do not already have it.

To appoint the new director you need to file a form called an AP01 (or AP02 if you are appointing a corporate entity as a director). This form can be posted to Companies House in paper form or you can file it online.

Company Formation

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Changing a Director’s details!

It is also possible to amend the details on an existing officer. You can change a director’s name, residential address or service address by filing form CH01. This may be required if a director moves house, gets married or changes name by deed poll. In some instances the changes need to be made due to an error made when appointing the director.

One piece of data cannot be changed. It is impossible to change a director’s date of birth. A director’s date of birth should not change. If you have appointed a director with an incorrect date of birth you need to resign the officer and re-appoint them with the correct date.

Filing Forms

We recommend all companies register at Companies House for electronic filing. Submitting the forms by post takes 7 to 10 days for Companies House to update their records. If you file the forms online they are usually accepted within 24 hours. Paper versions of Companies House forms are available from Companies House.

Other Points to Consider!

Any changes made to company directors details need to be updated in the company registers. When you have filed forms at Companies House, remember to update your statutory registers.

If the exiting director also holds shares in the company, you may need to transfer these to the new director, or someone else (depending on the company structure). Note – directors are not always shareholders and vice versa.