What is the minimum number of officers a company requires?

It is a requirement for private companies to appoint at least 1 director unless the company's actual articles of association require more than 1 director.

From 6 April 2008 a private company does not have to appoint a company secretary unless the company’s articles of association actually require the company to have one.

PLC’s must have at least 2 directors and 1 secretary and this secretary must be formally qualified.

With effect from 1 October 2008 all companies, whether private or public, must on formation have at least one director who is an individual.

All company officers have important responsibilities in law. The key requirements are set out in the companies house 'Directors and Secretaries Guide' available at www.companieshouse.gov.uk

On formation of the company you must also advise Companies House about the following:

  • appointment of a new officer/s
  • termination of an appointment of an officer of the company;
  • changes in an officer's name or address or any of the other personal details originally registered; and/or
  • registered office change of address.
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