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Keeper of the Registers of Scotland
Responsible for leading the organisation and delivering the strategic objectives agreed by the board. The keeper is a non-statutory office holder and Deputy Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland.
Operations director and accountable officer
Responsible for our registration, legal, IT and digital, HR, security, and estate functions. This post also has the responsibilities associated with the accountable officer role.
As consulting director, John is providing support and direction on some of the key strategic challenges facing RoS over the coming years; including keeper-induced registration and completion of the land register.
As corporate director, Billy is responsible for a number of key functions for the organisation including our registration and policy, digital, security and risk, programme and planning, and talent and culture functions.
Business development and information director
Kenny is responsible for Registers of Scotland’s commercial strategy including all customer service products and provision, as well as identifying and pursuing new business opportunities.
Our non-executive directors
Shrin Honap believes non-executive directors should bring one key element to a Board and that is ‘curiosity’. Shrin is a chartered accountant by profession and has held a number of executive and non-executive roles across a range of industries, including Vodafone and Capita, focusing on transformation, programme management and governance.
He brings an all-round understanding to Registers of Scotland of how transformation works and believes staff engagement is key to achieving goals.
Shrin was one of the founders of the successful Internet challenger bank, Egg. He is also a non-executive director at the British Transport Police and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, as well as the committee which looks at the setting of budgets for MP’s expenses.
Shrin says the most rewarding part of his role at RoS is witnessing the organisation’s digital transformation programme taking shape and “working with a vibrant group of people who want RoS to move forward”.
He adds the most interesting fact he has learned about RoS is that “the organisation holds registers that go back 400 years and that they map the history of Scotland”.
As a non-executive director at Registers of Scotland, Deepa Mann-Kler brings a wide range of knowledge and skills to the Board including corporate governance, risk management, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and ethics.
Deepa’s career so far has ranged from equality to visual arts to being the founder of her own ‘immersive technology’ company called NEON. She is also proud of the fact that she researched and wrote the first report into racism in Northern Ireland, ‘Out Of the Shadows’, published in 1998.
Deepa is also a non-executive director of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland; a lay person for misconduct hearings for the Police Service in Northern Ireland and Chair of the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.
She finds working with the staff at RoS incredibly rewarding and the most interesting fact about RoS, she says, is that the General Register of Sasines is the world’s first public register of property ownership rights, dating back to 1617. “I feel privileged to be serving as a non-executive director during the 400th anniversary year,” she adds.
A non-executive director at Registers of Scotland and Chair of the audit committee, Jayne has a deep knowledge of public sector finance, governance and risk management.
Jayne is a chartered accountant by profession and outside of her role at Registers of Scotland, she is a panel member for the Competition and Markets Authority and has recently been appointed to the Consumer Challenge Board for Heathrow Airport's next price review. She is also a board member with the Marine Management Organisation, is Deputy Chairman of The Private Healthcare Information Network and has her own management consultancy firm with her husband, The Scott Ross Partnership, which works on projects mostly in the health and education sectors.
Jayne was awarded the Finance Director of the Year title for the Public Sector in Scotland in 1998 which led to her taking on non-executive directorships. She has since worked with different organisations, supporting them through change and developing a deep understanding of economic regulation in the process.
The most rewarding part of her role at RoS, Jayne says, is seeing the changes made so far as a result of the organisation’s business transformation programme, including the introduction of smart working at RoS’s St Vincent Plaza offices.
The most interesting fact she has also learned about RoS is that the Sasine Register is 400 hundred years old and is the oldest national land register in the world: “This reminded me of the historic place in which we live and Register of Scotland’s key role in that history”.
Fiona brings over 25 years' career experience in financial services to her range of executive and non-executive roles. These span a number of UK and Irish boards including the National Transport Authority in Dublin, the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency in the UK, JK Funds as well as Registers of Scotland.
Fiona also serves on the Board of Ireland Reaching Out and recently joined the Heaney Family as an adviser to the Seamus Heaney Estate. She is also an adviser to the Mayor of Bristol. In all her roles, she brings a combination of international experience with contemporary public and private sector knowledge.
In 2014, Fiona became the founding Director of EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum and she also co-founded Myndserv, a digital healthcare company.
Fiona completed a Governance Fellowship at George Washington University in Washington DC and was recently awarded a first class honours MSc in Cyberpsychology.