National Records of Scotland (NRS) Strategic Board
The purpose of the NRS Strategic Board, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Chief Executive, is to provide support and constructive challenge on the operations of NRS, with a particular focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, checking it is on track to deliver the purpose and vision. It considers the balance between business and transformation activities and uses the experience of Non-Executive Directors (NXDs) to identify opportunities and emerging issues that ought to be taken into consideration.
Paul Lowe, Chief Executive, Registrar General and Keeper
Laura Mitchell, Director of Information and Records Services, and Deputy Keeper
Linda Sinclair, Director of Strategy and Business Services, and Accountable Officer
Anne Slater, Director of Operations and Customer Services
Amy Wilson, Director of Statistical Services
Laura Lucas, interim Director of IT Services
Steven Hanlon, Chief Finance Officer
Audit & Risk Committee
Through a process of constructive challenge the Audit and Risk Committee supports the Chief Executive Officer and Accountable Officer in their responsibilities for issues of risk, control and governance and associated assurance. The Committee is also attended by NRS Chief Financial Officer and Scottish Government Internal Audit Division and External Audit colleagues who have an independent advisory role.
Colin Ledlie (Chair)
Minutes of the Audit and Risk Committee:
Reports of the Audit and Risk Committee are published here:
Audit and Risk Committee Annual Report 2017-2018 (145 KB PDF)
Audit and Risk Committee Annual Report 2016-2017 (99 KB PDF)
Audit and Risk Committee Annual Report 2015-2016 (151 KB PDF)
Executive Management Board
Chaired by the Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland (NRS), the Executive Management Board is the overarching executive board setting the strategic direction and organisation of NRS, with management and oversight of NRS key assets. It sets the strategic financial profile, building organisational capability and capacity through our people, overseeing use of and safeguarding information assets. The Board will also direct the management of business operations and oversee the change activity to achieve the NRS vision.
Joint Partnership Board
The Joint Partnership Board meets quarterly and consists of the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Strategy & Business Services, and representatives from Human Resources and the Council of Scottish Government Unions.
The Board provides NRS Executive Management Board with the opportunity to consult with the trade unions at the formative stages of NRS organisational policy development, both at strategic and operational level, and to discuss any NRS specific issues.
Annual Report and Accounts
NRS is bound by the Scottish Public Finance Manual and the Financial Reporting Manuals when putting proper arrangements in place to ensure that public business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded and properly accounted for, delivers best value, and is used economically, efficiently and effectively.
Audited accounts of the National Records of Scotland contain the Statement of Comprehensive Expenditure, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Cash Flows and Statement of Changes in Taxpayers Equity. Our reports can be accessed below:
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 (1.6 MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 27 September 2019, SG/2019/20)
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 (2.5 MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 18 September 2018, SG/2018/40)
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 (1.8 MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 8 September 2017, SG/2017/37)
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 (1.1MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 18 October 2016, SG/2016/61)
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015 (1.0 MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 12 November 2015, SG/2015/90)
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2014 (1.1 MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 2 December 2014, SG/2014/97)
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013 (1.2 MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 25 October 2013, SG/2013/91)
Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 (1.3 MB PDF) (Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 25 September 2012, SG/2012/84)
Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010
The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010. The new duties of the Scottish Government and public bodies under part 3 of the Act is to publish a range of financial and other information intended to promote openness and transparency across the public sector in Scotland.
The National Records of Scotland (NRS) was formed on 1 April 2011 and complies with these duties through publishing this information annually alongside our Annual Report and Accounts. Our reports can be accessed below:
2018-19 Statement on Financial and Other information (131 KB PDF)
2017-18 Statement on Financial and Other information (132 KB PDF)
Trade Union Facility Time
As a public sector employer, NRS must report and publish information on facility time for our employees who are trade union representatives under the Trade Union Facility Time Publication Requirements Regulations 2017.
Facility time is paid absence from work to deal with industrial and employee relations issues; that is duties which relate to consulting, negotiating and communicating on matters which jointly concern management and the trade unions.
We publish this information annually alongside our Annual Report and Accounts. Details of our Trade Union Facility Time can be accessed below:
NRS - 2018-2019 - Facility Time (110 KB PDF)