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.
Director General, Her Majesty's Passport Office
Mark has responsibility for the issuing of over 6 million passports each year to British citizens and other British nationals, ensuring that the integrity of the British passport is protected at all times.
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.
Director General, UK Visas and Immigration
Mark has responsibility for making millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country, with a firm emphasis on national security and a culture of customer satisfaction for people who come here legally.