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Personal statement by the Registrar

Friday 8th June 2018

I wish to confirm that I will be standing down from my role as Registrar at the end of my term of office on Friday 21 September 2018.

It has been a privilege to serve as Registrar for the past four years. I established the Register in very short timescales, which required the establishment of an entirely new technical system, interpretation of the Act, personally writing the associated guidance and building relationships with stakeholders. During the whole of my period in office, despite many opportunities to do so, I have made no comment about the legislation, keeping faith with what I said to the ministers who appointed me, and preserving the independence of my role.

There have been many challenges during this time, and it has been really difficult to maintain the Register, assure the quality of its content, provide confidence to stakeholders and ensure that all the requirements of the Registrar set out in the legislation have been achieved, and remain fresh in the minds of users.

I would like to thank all those that have supported me and my work during this period. I have valued the relationships I have built with registrants and stakeholders enormously.

My work as Registrar has formed part of my non-executive portfolio-over time, I had expected that it would form a smaller part, but in the event this did not happen. It is no longer possible for me to continue to commit as much time as is needed to my role as Registrar, and I have therefore decided not to seek a further term.

The appointment of my successor is a matter for the Cabinet Office, not for me.