Hayes will take up the post in November. He was previously director of visas and citizenship at UK Visas and Immigration, part of the Home Office.
From 2005 to 2008, Hayes served as chief of staff to the chief executive at the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and in 2008 became UKBA’s first regional director for the Americas, based in Washington DC.
Hayes succeeds Mike Harlow, who has been acting chief executive of HM Land Registry since the start of the year.
Hayes commented: “I look forward to working with everyone within the organisation as we continue on our transformation journey delivering outstanding service to our customers and benefits for all our partners.”
Business minster Lord Duncan, who made the appointment, said: “Simon brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous roles in the Home Office and will ensure the organisation continues its transformation into a world leading land registry, delivering a first rate, digital service to its customers.
I would also like to thank Mike Harlow for all of his work since January.”