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This is my final week as Registrar – I will be standing down at the end of my term on 21 September. I will be handing over to my successor later this week, so there will be no discontinuity.
I would like to thank all registrants and stakeholders whom I have worked with during the past four years – it has been a pleasure and privilege working with you.
There has been a refresh of the team in the Office, now led by Tony Bellringer. Tony is supported by Glenn Reed, Roger Winter and Ajeet (Sunny) Singh, though the overall staff complement remains the same.
This week, I am issuing a minimal refresh of my compliance guidance – I have updated for various changes (for example, in other guidance) to keep it current, and corrected a number of minor errors and typos. There are no changes of substance in the refreshed guidance.
The Registrar continues to keep multiple nil returns under constant review and regularly meets organisations who persistently file nil returns. The key issue for consideration is whether those organisations are likely to conduct relevant communications within the foreseeable future – the onus is on those organisations to convince the Registrar that this is the case.
The Registrar continues to conduct investigations to satisfy herself that all those organisations which should be on the Register, are indeed on it. Any information from registrants and stakeholders which inform those investigations is always welcomed, and acted upon.
I laid my Statement of Accounts before Parliament on 19 July 2018, and a copy is available on my website, to be found at: http://registrarofconsultantlobbyists.org.uk/2017-2018-statement-of-accounts/