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 Simon Hayes is responsible to Secretary of State Alok Sharma and Minister Lord Callanan.

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

HM 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
  • 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

Members

The HM Land Registry Board is led by an independent non-executive Chair and has up to 12 permanent members with a majority of non-executive members, currently:

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
  • dealing with customer issues
  • escalating important issues and decisions to the HM Land Registry Board for review

Members

The members of the Executive Board are:

  • Simon Hayes, Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar
  • Mike Harlow, General Counsel, Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Land Registrar
  • Iain Banfield, Chief Financial Officer
  • Chris Pope, Chief Operations Officer
  • Jon Cocking, Acting Director of Human Resources, Organisation Development and Corporate Communications
  • John Abbott, Director of Digital, Data and Technology
  • Karina Singh, Director of Transformation

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 non-executive and executive directors. 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