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Thurrock Council Chief Executive Graham Farrant takes up the role of Land Registry’s Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive on Monday 1 June.

Graham succeeds Ed Lester after Ed stepped down in March. Operations Director John Peaden is currently serving as our interim Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive.

Graham said: “I am delighted to be taking up this challenging and vital role with Land Registry.

“I look forward to continuing its proud tradition of being the cornerstone the property industry is built upon, while leading it through the next stages of its transformation into a modern, digital organisation providing excellent services to its customers.”

Graham is also currently Chief Executive of Brentwood Council. In the recent past he also held the Chief Executive role on an interim basis for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He also spent time in the private sector as Chief Executive Officer of Leisure Connection Ltd.

Matthew Hancock, Business Minister at the time of the appointment, said: “I am delighted to announce Graham Farrant’s appointment.

“His energy and experience transforming complex organisations will ensure Land Registry continues to deliver a top class service while also embracing an increasingly digital model that will drive the efficiency and ease of use that customers expect.”

Graham’s appointment follows an open competition overseen by the Civil Service Commission.


Gavin Curry
By Gavin Curry,
Editor of Landnet, Land Registry’s customer magazine