I hope you’ve all had a productive start to 2019. It’s been a busy month at RoS, with a number of events in the calendar.
One of the first things I did in 2019 was review the overall progress we had made with addressing our registration arrear, and in particular the older, more complex cases awaiting completion. We’ve made solid progress in addressing the arrear across our organisation, and have introduced new processes to ensure we handle applications like complex TPs more efficiently in future.
We’ll continue to provide updates on the arrear, and you can find the latest completion figures on our website. We’ve also written to all solicitors who still have a case dating to 2016 with us, which is at the heart of our transparency agenda. On the subject transparency and accountability, I gave evidence, alongside our Operations Director and Accountable Officer Janet Egdell, to the Economy, Energy and Fair Work (EEFW) committee at Parliament.
A range of topics were discussed with MSPs, including accountability, land register completion and efforts to clear our land registration arrear. If you’ve heard me speak at any of our recent A-Z events you’ll know I’m a believer in corporate transparency and honesty, and so like any of my external meetings, this was a great opportunity to discuss RoS and the work we do with relevant stakeholders.
The EEFW committee was not my only external meeting this month. I also met with colleagues from the Coal Authority to discuss data collaboration, as well as Transport Scotland, to discuss their voluntary registration programme. Both were valuable conversations that relate to key parts of our corporate goals.
This month I met again with Alison Atack, President of the Law Society of Scotland (LSS), as she was the special guest on the latest in our series of podcasts. We discussed the work that LSS are doing to promote greater equality in the industry, and the plans for their 70th anniversary celebrations.
Another highlight was meeting with Paul Lowe, the new Keeper of the National Records of Scotland and also the Registrar General for Scotland. It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss shared areas of interest, and also snap a double Keeper photo!
January has been a busy, productive start to 2019, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming months.