Non-Executive Chair - HM Land Registry

Body: HM Land Registry
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £55,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Expected time commitment is a minimum of 60 days per year. The Board meets up to ten times a year, both in London and at HMLR sites across England and Wales.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The government has appointed Nilesh (Neil) Sachdev as the new Chairman of HM Land Registry.

Date: 01/09/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/05/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 20 June

  • Final Interview Date

    Week commencing 11 July 2022

  • Announcement


Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. If you are unable to meet these timeframes, please let us know in your application letter.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

For more than 150 years HM Land Registry (HMLR) has played a key role in the UK’s economic stability and growth. A secure registration system has the benefit of trust, which enables confident investment decisions for all. We provide essential guarantees for our citizens’ greatest assets, the cornerstone of a vibrant lending market that provides opportunities in all regions of this country. Our register, a piece of Critical National Infrastructure, contains more than 26 million titles, providing ownership guarantees for 87% of land in England and Wales, and has somewhere in the region of £8 trillion of lending secured against it. The increased investment in property derived from a trusted system of guaranteed ownership has a wider impact within the UK. In the 2019-20 financial year alone, £240 billion worth of property transactions took place in the UK, contributing £11.6 billion to the national account in the form of Stamp Duty Land Tax receipts.

We are now looking to appoint an outstanding individual as our new Non-Executive Chair to lead our highly accomplished Board and support our Executive.  Collectively you will steer the organisation  through an ambitious change programme, transforming HM Land Registry into a truly digital organisation that puts excellent customer service front and centre.

We seek an individual who can demonstrate highly developed strategic abilities and an outstanding track record of senior leadership at Board  level developed in organisations of significant scale and complexity.  There is also a need for proven experience of leading major digital or operational change programmes in large, complex organisations along with a demonstrable ability to understand the impact of change from a customer perspective.  The new Chair will bring insight, experience and the political skills to build positive and constructive relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. Your approach will naturally harness and align the many talents of your Board Members to maximise their contribution to HMLR.  You also understand the importance of not only challenging the executive but in providing support and development to them.  This is a rare opportunity to make an impactful contribution at the national level and help move a vital organisation forward.

We highly value diversity in all its forms and welcome applications from all sections of society.


Person Specification

As Chair, you will be the lead Non-Executive Director on the Board, accountable to the BEIS Secretary of State for the performance of the HM Land Registry Board and ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role (listed below).

You are expected to contribute to the success of HMLR by supporting and providing constructive challenge to the CEO and the executive team, holding them to account for performance, guide strategic debate in the boardroom and monitor performance against the agreed business plan.

Furthermore, as HMLR is entering this exciting period of transformation, your governance experience and leadership skills will be essential to maximise the impacts of the knowledge and diverse skillset of your non-executive colleagues.

Essential Criteria

— An outstanding record of board leadership and the ability to motivate and bring together board members with a wide and diverse skillset.

— A proven track record of driving leading and supporting the delivery of significant digital and operational transformation to deliver improved productivity and better customer experience, in a large complex data-driven organisation.

— A strong appreciation of the impact an organisation’s culture, diversity and inclusion has in successfully bringing about change.

— Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to build effective team relationships with board members, constructively challenge executives, and experience of managing complex senior stakeholder relationships.

— Strong strategic mindset with a proven ability to understand customer perspectives and communicate clearly and effectively to command the confidence of a range of audiences.

Desirable criteria

— A good understanding of corporate governance best practice in the private and public sectors.

— An understanding and practical experience of how data can be used to support innovation.

— An understanding of the public sector context, the environment in which government. organisations operate, and an understanding of, and commitment to, the principle of Ministerial accountability and the values of public service.


Additional Information

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is an accredited user of the Disability Confident symbol, which signifies organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled applicants. All Disability Confident Employers will offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirements for a job or role. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the declaration in the Diversity Monitoring Form provided. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability. Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular adjustments for you when attending an interview.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

Successful candidates will be appointed for a period of four years. Any extension or renewal will be subject to satisfactory performance appraisals and approval from the Secretary of State.

How to Apply

Veredus has been appointed as our executive search firm to support this appointment.

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation, via the Veredus website –, quoting the reference number:

3160 – HM Land Registry: Non-Executive Chair

by no later than 11am BST on Monday 23 May 2022

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements tailored to the person specification. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps.
  • A Supporting Statement (around two pages) explaining your motivation for applying for this role, provide evidence and outline how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience is suitable with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

In addition, to be considered for the role, you must complete a Diversity Monitoring Form and Declaration of Conflict of Interest/Political Activity form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. If you do not wish to provide declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select ‘prefer not to say.’

All submissions will receive an automated response. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt when submitting your application, please contact us on 020 7932 4236.

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Should you encounter any issues with your online application, have any questions about the role or would like to discuss the post further, please contact our advising consultants at Veredus:

Antony Harvey on 07761 226020 –; or

James Greengrass on 07769 164971 –

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