Registrar General for England and Wales

Mark Thomson

Biography

Mark Thomson was appointed Director General, HM Passport Office in April 2015 and Director General, UK Visas and Immigration in October 2016. On 24 August 2015, Mark also became Registrar General for England and Wales.

Before joining the Civil Service, Mark had spent his entire career at Royal Mail where he held a variety of Managing Director roles. His early career was in sales and marketing and he also spent several years as Sales & Customer Services Director.

Mark was the commercial lead for the Royal Mail/Post Office separation before taking on the role of Managing Director International in 2011. He has also held several non-executive roles for other organisations including The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the former UK Border Agency.

Registrar General for England and Wales

As Registrar General, Mark has responsibility for overseeing the system of civil registration in England and Wales. This includes issuing approximately 1 million birth, death and marriage certificates each year.

HM Passport Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, UK Visas and Immigration
  2. Director General, Her Majesty's Passport Office