Can a corporation be the director of a limited company?


Hello, I head a corporation that would like to form a new limited company as part of a major brand expansion. I’ve got a legal question about it, though: can we list our corporation as the director of this new limited company, or do we have to name an actual individual as the director?



Yes, a corporate body can appointed as the director or another company. ‘Corporate body’ encompasses the following non-human entities:

  • Private limited company
  • Public limited company (PLC)
  • Limited liability partnership (LLP)
  • Limited partnership
  • General partnership
  • Community Interest Company
  • Sole trader
  • Firm
  • Group
  • Organisation
  • Charity
  • Society
  • Institution
  • Co-operative
  • Club
  • Trust
  • Social enterprise

Any corporate body that is appointed as a director is known as a ‘corporate director’, as opposed to a ‘natural’ director (i.e. a human). The details of the corporation itself are listed on public record as a director of the company to which they have been appointed, but a authorised person must be nominated to carry out director’s duties on behalf of the corporation.

2 years ago

Surely only Limited Companies and limited liability partnerships registered at Companies House , Societies registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and Charitable Incorporated Organisations are corporate bodies - i.e. separate bodies in law. Sole traders and most trusts clubs charities firms and partnerships are not incorporated, meaning that the individuals involved are directly liable for the organisation's activities (and are not protected by limited liability). Brian Millington


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