GRO names new Registrar General
The General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO) has formally appointed a new Registrar General.
Mark Thomson, who also serves as Director General of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, will be responsible for drawing up the regulations that govern the efficient registration of all births, marriages, deaths, civil partnerships, stillbirths and adoptions.
He is also required by law to ensure that the public have access to free search indexes and are able to order certificates.
In succeeding previous Registrar General Paul Pugh, Mark Thomson becomes the 21st person to serve in the role since 1837, when the civil registration of all births, marriages and deaths first began in England and Wales.
“The GRO is a very important part of the services provided by Her Majesty’s Passport Office and I am honoured to be appointed Registrar General,” said Mr Thomson in a statement.
“I look forward to continuing my work with colleagues in the GRO on modernising the registration systems and to ensure our customers receive the most efficient service possible.”
Mr Thomson is the 21st Registrar General