New Registrar General appointed

By Guest, 1 September 2015 - 3:19pm

Mark Thomson

The appointment of Mark Thomson as the new Registrar General has been formally agreed by the Queen

Mark Thomson, Director General of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, has been formally appointed as head of the General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO).

The Registrar General’s responsibilities include drawing up regulations that govern registrars and the registration processes, creating a free public search index of registration records and issuing certificates upon request.

The GRO holds birth, death and marriage records for England and Wales, plus the registration of stillbirths and adoptions.

Thomson said: “The General Register Office is a very important part of the services provided by Her Majesty’s Passport Office and I am honoured to be appointed Registrar General.

“I look forward to continuing my work with colleagues in GRO on modernising the registration systems and to ensure our customers receive the best, most efficient service possible.”

Thomson previously served as Managing Director of Royal Mail International, having spent his whole career at Royal Mail prior to his appointment to lead the Passport Office in March. He also served in non-executive roles for organisations including the UK Border Agency and The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

He is the 21st Registrar General since 1837, when the civil registration of births, deaths and marriages in England and Wales started. He succeeds Paul Pugh, who is set for a role outside the Passport Office.

Words: Zaki Dogliani

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