Our governance

Management boards and decision-making groups at HM Land Registry.

HM Land Registry is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar Graham Farrant is responsible to Secretary of State Greg Clark and Minister Lord Henley.

The remit of the Board to HM Land Registry is mainly supervisory, while day-to-day management is the responsibility of the Executive Board.

Land Registry Board

The purpose of the board is to support, constructively challenge and provide guidance to the executive board, to supervise the development and delivery of the agreed business strategy and to ensure appropriate governance of the activities of HM Land Registry.

Its main objectives are to:

  • advise and agree on the long-term vision, the medium-term business strategy, the annual budget and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • review financial and operational performance
  • monitor market developments for opportunities and consider any strategic risks faced by the organisation, ensuring adequate systems and controls are in place
  • ensure compliance with all statutory requirements
  • to ensure the organisation employs best practice in respect of corporate governance
  • ensure that effective relationships are maintained with shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees and government departments


The Land Registry Board is led by an independent non-executive Chair and has up to 9 permanent members with a broadly equal split between non-executive and executive members, currently:

Also attending:

  • Mike Harlow, General Counsel and Deputy Chief Land Registrar
  • Mike Westcott Rudd, Board Legal Adviser

Executive Board

The Executive Board handles the day-to-day running of HM Land Registry, including:

  • monitoring our KPIs and overall budget
  • managing risks to the organisation
  • taking financial decisions
  • managing and controlling the trading fund
  • dealing with customer issues
  • escalating important issues and decisions to the Executive Board for review


The members of the Executive Board are:

Audit Committee

The role of the Audit Committee is to monitor and review the effectiveness of risk, assurance and audit activity. On behalf of the board, the committee examines the effectiveness of our:

  • systems of internal control and risk management systems
  • management of risk
  • action taken or to be taken to manage critical risks or to remedy any control failings or weaknesses identified

The committee is made up of 2 non-executive directors and one non-executive member (who sits on the Audit Committee only). They are independent of management and of any activity that might affect their objectivity. The Head of Internal Audit also attends committee meetings.

Read the Audit Committee terms of reference