What is the Register of Directors (Individuals)?

Register Of Directors (Individuals)


Companies are required to keep a register of Directors at their registered office. This Register of Directors (Individuals) has been created due to this requirement of the Companies Act 2006. Separate Registers of Directors applicable to individuals and corporate entities respectively are available to download for ease of use due to the differing disclosure requirements relating to each but the Companies Act 2006 does not draw a distinction between the two, referring only to a “Register of Directors”.

For individuals, the most significant change is the requirement for companies to provide a service address for a director rather than the director’s usual residential address. A service address means an address at which documents may be effectively served on the director. A director may give the company’s registered office as his or her service address. The service address may also be the same as the director’s residential address but this will not be apparent from the public record.

In addition, the particulars no longer include details of other directorships held. There are also changes to the requirement to provide the director’s name. The requirement is now to include any name by which the individual was formerly known for business purposes since the age of 16. There is no longer an exception for a married woman’s former name. However the former names of peers and any names not used for 20 years do not need to be stated.

The register must be kept available for inspection at the company’s registered office by members (free of charge) or the public (for a prescribed fee). Refusal to permit inspection is an offence for which every company officer in default (including a shadow director) can be liable. In addition, the court may compel immediate inspection of the register if the company has refused.

Note that, as of October 2015, the full date of birth of directors will not be shown on the public record. The day of birth will be suppressed, for example on a birth date 1st January 1960, the '1st' will be suppressed. The full date of birth still needs to be provided to Companies House.

This register is in fixed field format. Simply press TAB to jump from one field to the next and SHIFT + TAB to go back. Alternatively, use the mouse to click from one field to the next. If you are using Microsoft Office 2003 or older, the template can be unlocked by clicking on the “Padlock” icon on the tool bar. To display the “Padlock” icon click on “View” and then “Toolbars”. From the “Toolbars” menu, select “Forms”.

A Register of Directors for corporate directors is also available.

Users of Microsoft Office 2007 must first click on the “Review” tab to reveal the “Protect Document” button. From the “Permissions” panel that opens, click on the “Stop Protection” button.

Once you have subscribed to the Corporate Document Folder click on the “Download Document” button below. You will be asked what you want to do with the file. It is recommended that you save the document to a location of your choice prior to viewing.