Section 87 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Small Business Act) will require all directors of a company to be natural persons and prohibits the appointment of corporate directors. An appointment made in contravention of this section is void.
The Secretary of State will also have the power to make regulations setting out the exceptions to the general requirement that directors must be individuals (although none currently exist). If this power is exercised, however, the company will nonetheless be required to have least one individual who is a director.
There will be a transition period for companies with corporate directors. After one year of the Small Business Act provisions relating to corporate directors coming into force, any remaining corporate directors will cease to be directors (subject to any exceptions set out in regulations made by the Secretary of State).
These provisions will come into effect in October 2015.