I can announce that today I have appointed Ed Lester as the Land Registry chief executive. His appointment concludes a three month open and transparent competition, overseen by the Civil Service Commission.
From day one he will be on payroll and his salary will be £135,000. He will also be eligible for a performance-related award package of up to 20% of base salary. This would be awarded for excellent performance against a clear set of specific objectives aligned with delivering Land Registry's strategy.
Ed Lester's previous role was chief executive of the Student Loans Company where he led the organisation through a period of major transformation and where it become an early model of the Government's digital by default programme.
This experience will be invaluable to the Land Registry as it moves into the implementation phase of its own transformation to become an exemplar of a highly efficient, digital and data-centric organisation. This includes digitising its core registration processes and developing a more strategic approach to data to support wider economic growth.