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Government department responsible for public registers of land, property and other legal documents. Listen as we chat to colleagues throughout the business and special guests.
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at RoS
Around 18 months ago, we embarked on our journey to improving equality, diversity and inclusion at RoS, for both colleagues and customers. Joined by Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Jennifer Henderson, Non-Executive director at RoS, Andrew Harvey, and our EDI lead at RoS, Elizabeth Akurang, we discuss the work that we have done so far to support our colleagues and customers, share some personal insights in to what EDI means to us and more.  You can find out more about equality, diversity and inclusion at RoS on our website
June 24, 2022
Managing open casework: A discussion with Chris Kerr
RoS completes the majority of applications we receive within 35 days, but some take longer. In this podcast, Chris Kerr, Registration and Policy Director at RoS, explains why that happens, our strategy for tackling longstanding casework and the ongoing support available to customers. It’s a must-listen for anyone with an interest in Scotland’s land and property sector.
June 14, 2022
Delivering the benefits of a completed land register
In the latest edition of our podcast, our host Roman Smith is joined by Head of Land Register Completion, Fiona McKie.  Listen as we discuss our plans to deliver the benefits of a completed land register, unlocking sasines and more.  Keep up to date on our blog. Land register completion (LRC) - progress update
April 06, 2022
My role as a Non-Executive Director at Registers of Scotland
Non-Executive Directors at RoS provide an important external perspective on the work we do, supporting us in shaping our strategy; ensuring that we are meeting our performance targets and delivering value to our customers. Our host Roman Smith, is joined by two of our newly appointed Non-Executive Directors at RoS, Elaine Melrose and Asim Muhammad. Listen as they share their experiences in the role so far and what they hope for the future of RoS. Find out more about our board members.
March 24, 2022
Geovation Scotland special edition: introducing cohort three
Geovation Scotland is an accelerator programme that providers bespoke support to early stage start ups working in the location and/or property technology sector. We are now half way through the accelerator programme for our third Geovation Scotland cohort. On this special edition of the Registers of Scotland podcast hosted by Geovation Scotland's Jess Sibley, we talk to Olivia Dovernor (The Student Bubble), Nick Lade (Property Price Hub) and Doug McNeill (EOLAS Insight Ltd). You can find more information on Geovation Scotland and how to apply for the accelerator programme at
February 24, 2022
RoS year in review
As 2021 comes to an end, we're joined on the podcast by Jennifer Henderson, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland. Listen as we look back over the year and review the many new services, improvements, and initiatives that RoS has undertaken in the past 12 months. Useful links: - Moving registration to the cloud blogs - Webinar recordings - Future of Conveyancing conference recordings - Future of Conveyancing/Qualified electronic signature blogs - Annual report and accounts event recording - Sign up to events
December 13, 2021
Sustainability and Climate Change at RoS
At Registers of Scotland, we have recently published our Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy for 2021-2026. A very important topic across the world right now and even more so with COP26 being hosted in Glasgow this year. In this podcast we speak to Sustainability & Climate Change Manager at RoS, Emma Thomas. 
October 29, 2021
Moving registration to the cloud
In 2019, Registers of Scotland (RoS) set out a transformative strategy outlining why cloud could support our corporate vision of becoming a digital registration and information business, trusted for its integrity. In this episode we are joined by Paul Christie, Head of IT Service at RoS and Cheryl Hunter Product Manager at RoS to discuss the journey we have taken to move registration to the cloud.
August 31, 2021
A Startup Journey with Geovation Scotland
2021 was a year where the impact of the pandemic continued to spread across all sectors. Yet, in the midst of so much change the startup community proved the resilience of their innovation, spirit, and determination. This special edition podcast goes right to the heart of that startup journey as two of Scotland’s geotechnology and property technology founders share their startup stories as part of Geovation Scotland's second cohort. Launched in Autumn 2019, Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey have partnered to bring the Geovation Accelerator Programme to Edinburgh. From our new location, we’ll be supporting both geotech and proptech startups to launch and grow. Hosted by Geovation Scotland's, Jess Sibley, this episode goes to the heart of the journey with Elaine Ford, founder of Electrek Explorer and James Cooper, founder of Impactful (formerly Doorstep Market). Find out more about Geovation Scotland here and don't forget you can apply to join the Autumn 2021 Geovation Accelerator Programme.
July 19, 2021
The Future of Conveyancing
Following an exciting Future of Conveyancing conference 2021, this special edition podcast opens the floor for a reflective chat on what the future of conveyancing in Scotland could look like. Join our conference host David Lee as he speaks to Registers of Scotland, Keeper and Chief Executive, Jennifer Henderson to discuss some of the key points from the conference. 
June 28, 2021
Discussing Resilient Services with Chris Kerr
In this episode we sit down with Chris Kerr, Registration & Policy Director here at Registers of Scotland to discuss how resilient services can be built during difficult times and how this was done during COVID-19. We also take a moment to discuss Chris' career journey and what the journey of digital transformation looks like for large organisations.
June 08, 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
With the pandemic meaning our offices were closed and mental health wellbeing declining across every sector, age group, and demographic across Scotland, our employee wellbeing team took extra steps to ensure staff at RoS had a safe space to look after their mental health at work. This Mental Health Awareness Week our host Roman Smith sits down with Carol Duffin, Colleague Experience Manager and Isla Cameron, Corporate Communications Assistant to talk all things mental health awareness, employee wellbeing, and how nature plays a big part in keeping us all feeling good when times are hard. To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week head to the Mental Health Foundation's website.
May 10, 2021
International Women's Day 2021
With this year's International Women's Day #ChooseToChallenge we're delighted to be joined by Deepa Mann-Kler, Non-Executive Director and Jacq Kelly, Media and Public Affairs Manager at Registers of Scotland as guests in this inspiring and thought-provoking episode. Join host Roman Smith as she opens the floor for some fantastically open and uplifting conversation on how organisations and individuals can embrace diversity and how they have lived up to the theme of Choose to Challenge in their careers.
March 05, 2021
9: Working towards a more sustainable business
With developments like the recent climate emergency, organisations have more of a responsibility than ever to pay attention to their environmental impact.  At Registers of Scotland we’ve taken this seriously; we’ve made progress already, but there’s more work to do and we have plans in place to make our work more sustainable than ever in future.  In this edition we’re joined by Emma Roy, Sustainability and Climate Change Manager at RoS and Victoria Barby, Environmental Performance Manager from Scottish Parliament.  They discuss how they’re working to achieve targets set out by the Scottish Government as well as what other organisations can learn from their experience.
November 15, 2019
8: Mapping Scotland with Ordnance Survey
From the app on your smartphone to the GPS in your car and the well-thumbed, dog-eared road atlas on your bookshelf, maps are a critical part of life. For hundreds of years, the organisation that’s been at the heart of mapping in Great Britain is Ordnance Survey. Registers of Scotland is responsible for maintaining the legal registers relating to land and property in Scotland, but to do this effectively we work with a number of other organisations. OS is one of the most critical of these, providing the base map upon which we register property titles. Our host for this edition is Kenny Crawford, Business Development Director at RoS, and to share the story of OS, their work and how they work with partner organisations like RoS, he’s joined by David Henderson, Managing Director of OS GB. They’ll cover the length and breadth of geospatial data, discussing topics such as: OS, its history and the work it does (02:05) OS’s other consumer offerings (04:56) The potential of wider use of data (06:56) Geovation and Geovation Scotland (08:36) The differences and challenges in mapping Scotland, compared with the rest of the UK (12:03) The importance of European and international collaboration (14:12) What the future holds for both geospatial data and Ordnance Survey (17:07)
August 09, 2019
7: Using Scotland's land registers to find title sheets, house prices and more
Have you ever wondered about the exact records and details of the property you own? In this podcast, we’ll be exploring some of the property information you can find on our registers, so you know the what, the where and the how for accessing information about where you live. Registers of Scotland underpins the process for each and every property purchase in Scotland, but for the average person buying their home, much of this is handled by solicitors and other legal professionals. However, the information on our registers is important to all homeowners, whether it’s about knowing your property boundaries or what happens when you buy or sell a home. That's why we’ve created our simple guides ( , and in this podcast we’ll take a closer look at what they tell you and why property information is so important.  You'll find out more about the information we hold on our registers, like: The ins and outs of a title sheet (02:30) Burdens and securities (04:02) How to get a copy of your title sheet? (07:00) What does land registration involve? (08:34) What are advance notices? (11:27) What happens when a property changes owner? (13:10) What are boundaries? (14:32) What if your property is on the Sasine Register? (17.30) What is the land register? (20:35) What doesn't a search sheet tell you? (22:49) Why land registration matters? (24:00)
July 03, 2019
6: Digital products with Companies House
In our sixth podcast we hear from Registers of Scotland’s Stephanie Brown, Head of Product, and Head of Product at [Companies House](, James Downes, on how to deliver customer focussed digital products and services, and how our two organisations, [Registers of Scotland]( and [Companies House](, which combined have been running for over 500 years, provide these to the public.   Product development or management, isn’t necessarily something listeners will associate with organisations such as ours. But both of our organisations do provide products that allow our customers to search our records, you can find a range of services from Companies House at []([]( And if you’re interested in Scottish land and property data you can find a range of our free data and statistics such as our House Price statistics and House Price Index on []( Listen to the full podcast for insights into how Registers of Scotland and Companies House provide products and services for the citizens and why. Don’t forget to follow our podcast, like, share and leave a comment, and if you’d like to find out more about the work we do at Registers of Scotland, follow us on our social channels: []( []( [](
March 24, 2019
5: Joining the dots – designing services for the public sector
In our fifth podcast we hear from Registers of Scotland’s Clare Barnett, User Experience Lead, Hilary Brownlie, Head of Service Design and Innovation and the Service Design Lead at the [Scottish Government](, Anna Henderson on how to design services for the public sector. Did you know that there’s evidence of service design in our Land Registers as far back as 1807? Thomas Thomson wanted to improve what was at that time a rather busy and hard to decipher Register; pages and pages of tightly covered entries in small cramped writing with no space between them. Enter Thomas who introduced limited number of words per page, added margins and search aids. This meant searching became more efficient and it reduced time and cost for Registers of Scotland. So basically he was improving the search for data, and making it easier to digest by being a content producer, creating style guideline version 1 for Registers of Scotland and creating a single source of truth. Sound familiar? Listen to the full podcast for insights into how Registers of Scotland and [Scottish Government]( design services for the citizens and for information on the Public Sector Design Community. Don’t forget to follow our podcast, like, share and leave a comment, and if you’d like to find out more about the work we do at Registers of Scotland, follow us on our social channels: [Twitter]( [Facebook](  [Linkedin](
February 21, 2019
4: Alison Atack on championing the Law Society of Scotland’s work on equality and diversity
In our fourth podcast our Keeper, Jennifer Henderson, and the President of [The Law Society of Scotland](, the professional body for 11,000 solicitors in Scotland, Alison Atack, discuss the hot topic of equality and diversity. Registers of Scotland is committed to create an [equal workforce, eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity]( And in 2018 we also introduced a new policy for our customers relating to changes of name on title sheet for the trans community. For more information on this visit our [website]( Throughout her presidency at the Law Society of Scotland Alison has championed the Society’s [equality and diversity work]( and in particular the 2018 [Profile of the Profession research](, which generated over 2,700 full responses from solicitors, trainee solicitors and accredited paralegals, making it the biggest survey to date carried out by the Society on equality and diversity. Alison takes us through the results from the survey and its impact. This year the Society is also celebrating its 70th Anniversary, an important stepping stone in its history – [check out the website]( for details of how to get involved with the Society’s celebrations. Don’t forget to follow this podcast, like, share and leave a comment, and if you’d like to find out more about the work we do at Registers of Scotland, follow us on our social channels: []( []( [](
January 29, 2019
3: Allan Watt on the curious (conveyancing) history of Dundee and its ever-changing waterfront
In our third podcast we’re heading to the sunny shores of Dundee to talk to Allan Watt, Project Director of Dundee Waterfront, the most active and exciting re-generation project currently undertaken in the UK. Did you know that the grid layout re-connecting the city centre with the waterfront was simply sketched by hand one Saturday morning on a kitchen table? Today that plan features attractions such as the new V&A Design Museum Dundee, the first ever design museum built in the UK outside London. Allan takes us through the history and influences on the project, sharing details such as the inspiration they took fromBilbao and their Guggenheim Museum as well as the involvement of local school children in the public consultation forming part of the 30 year-long project. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Dundee Waterfront project visit their [website]( or follow them on [Twitter]( We’ll be bringing you more episodes like this, where we delve deeper into Registers of Scotland, the work we do and the customers and organisations we work with. So don’t forget to follow this podcast, like, share and leave a comment, and if you’d like to find out more about the work we do at Registers of Scotland, follow us on our social channels: []( []( [](
December 07, 2018
2: Our Chief Data Officer Alan Howie on chickens, extracting centuries of property information, and the importance of data
How do chickens, a mushroom farm and manure end up in a conversation about data? In our latest podcast, our host Stef talks all things data with Registers of Scotland’s very own Data Architect, Alan Howie. If you have questions like, ‘why are house prices going up?’, ‘how do I find out the value of my house?’ and ‘where does this information come from?’, then look no further! In this podcast you’ll find out how this information is extracted from Scotland’s land register, and how Registers of Scotland collects this data to begin with. Plus many more things about data and why it underpins everything we do. In the coming months we’ll be bringing you more episodes like this, where we'll delve deeper into Registers of Scotland, the work we do and the customers and organisations we work with. Don’t forget to like, share and leave a comment, and if you’d like to find out more about the work we do at Registers of Scotland, follow us on our social channels: (
November 12, 2018
1: Our keeper Jennifer Henderson on her career, equality and transforming an historic organisation
In this first episode of our brand-new podcast we speak to our chief executive Jennifer Henderson, who joined us in April 2018 as Keeper of the Registers of Scotland. From her beginnings studying nuclear physics to working with the Ministry of Defence, Jennifer brings a wealth of fascinating experience to her new role of overseeing land registration and information in Scotland. Our host Lucy speaks to Jennifer about her career progression, equality in the public sector, and what she's found fascinating about her first few months as Keeper… Plus a few quick-fire questions to round off our first episode! In the coming weeks and months we’ll be bringing you more episodes like this, where we delve deeper into Registers of Scotland, the work we do and the customers we work with. We’d also love to hear your feedback, so please do let us know what you think and follow us elsewhere: []( []( [](
October 03, 2018