HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced the appointment of three new non-executive board members, as part of its ongoing governance arrangements.

Volker Beckers and Norman Pickavance joined the main board on 1 January 2013. John Whiting will take up a position on the board from 1 April 2013. The three will take on posts that became vacant after John Spence left last year, Phil Hodkinson left at the end of January this year and Ian Barlow’s success in the competition to become HMRC’s lead non-executive in September 2012.

HMRC’s non-executive board members (left to right): Phil Hodkinson (leaving HMRC at end of January), Colin Cobain, Ian Barlow, Philippa Hird, Volker Beckers, Edwina Dunn, Norman Pickavance.


In addition to main board roles, Volker Beckers will chair a new Scrutiny Committee, Norman Pickavance will join the People, Nominations and Governance Committee and John Whiting will chair the Audit and Risk Committee from 1 April 2013.


The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, said:

“These appointments provide a rich mix of board-level experience. They have a lot to offer the HMRC board and will bring new and further capability and credible challenge to board discussions and to the new executive team.”

Chief Executive Lin Homer said:

“I am delighted with these appointments. They all have vast experience to share with HMRC which will help us as we face the challenges of the future. I’d also like to thank both John Spence and Phil Hodkinson for their valuable contributions to HMRC over the past five years and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

HMRC also announced the appointment of Edwina Dunn, Janet Williams, Leslie Ferrar and Paul Smith to further strengthen HMRC board committees. Edwina Dunn will take up an adviser role to the main board, Janet Williams will be appointed to the Scrutiny and People, Nominations and Governance Committees, and Leslie Ferrar and Paul Smith will take up roles on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Lead non-executive Ian Barlow said:

“These appointments create a group of non executives with a wide range of skills and experience, including the management of change in large-scale organisations, customer service, building and advising small businesses, and financial and tax expertise. We look forward to working with our executive colleagues on the board to help them achieve HMRC’s challenging objectives.”

Notes for editors

1. Volker Beckers has been Group Chief Executive of RWE Npower since January 2010. He has led large change programmes and has a very strong focus on public and customer engagement. He joined the energy company RWE AG in 1993 and became Group Chief Financial Officer of RWE Npower in 2003. Before joining RWE he worked in the IT industry in Germany and ran CompuNet’s (today Computacenter) education and training centre, before moving to their consultancy arm.

2. Norman Pickavance has experience in HR and organisational development, most recently as Group HR & Communications Director of WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc, a 130,000-strong organisation. He previously worked in manufacturing and other international and high tech businesses. He has also been a Non-Executive Director with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and has worked at board level for over a decade.

3. John Whiting is currently the Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification and the Tax Policy Director of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). He will be stepping down from the latter role but will remain involved with the CIOT. Previously, he was a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 25 years. He was awarded the OBE in 2008 for services to the tax profession.

4. Edwina Dunn is the co-founder of Dunnhumby, which became the leader in data mining and analysis, using the insight to help improve customers’ retail and brand experience, including the key to the introduction of the market-leading Tesco Clubcard.

5. Janet Williams has recently retired as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner from the Metropolitan Police Service, where she led the protective security commands. She has a breadth of experience in serious and organised crime investigations and was the national law enforcement lead for cyber-crime.

6. Leslie Ferrar was the Treasurer to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Leslie also holds a number of other non-executive positions. She was previously a tax partner at KPMG.

7. Paul Smith is a former Finance Director of Ford UK and has board-level experience from across both the public and private sectors in health, housing, transport and other government departments.

8. The board will comprise six non executives and six executives, six women and six men.

9. The position of Lead Non Executive was created after the departure of Mike Clasper as Chairman of HMRC in August 2012.

10. The new non-executive directors will be paid £15,000 a year; those who chair board committees will be paid £20,000 a year.


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HMRC to recruit 100 new inspectors to target HNWIs

On January 16, 2013, in HMRC, by Chris Bale

I received a press release today from HMRC, stating that ‘The Affluent Compliance Team’ is to begin recruitment of 100 additional inspectors.Screen shot 2013-01-16 at 15.49.26

In addition to taxpayers with an annual income of more than £150,000 and wealth of between £2.5 million and £20 million, the unit will also cover those with wealth in the range £1 million to £2.5 million.

By the end of December 2012 the unit had brought in an extra £75 million in tax – well ahead of expectations – with a target of £586 million by the end of 2015.

Exchequer Secretary David Gauke said:

“HMRC set up the new Affluent Teams from some of the £917 million we made available in 2010. The team has made a great start by bringing in £75 million in additional tax that would otherwise have been lost to the country.

“The vast majority of people pay their way. Dodging tax is immoral, illegal and unaffordable and the minority who cheat are increasingly finding that, thanks to the work of the Affluent Team, they have made a big mistake.”

Roger Atkinson, Director of the Affluent Teams, said:

“In September 2012 the Government announced an additional investment of £5 million, enabling us to recruit an extra 100 inspectors. We will recruit from within HMRC and externally and the new team will be fully operational by April and focused on delivering an additional £75 million a year.

“We want to recruit people with external experience and appropriate qualifications for inspector and lead case director roles. We want people with recent commercial and corporate experience in personal tax to help us understand our customer base. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront, tackling those who do not pay the right tax.

HMRC’s advertising agency has already contacted eTaxJobs about advertising some of these positions. If eTaxJobs is asked to be involved I will update this post with a link to the jobs.


UPDATE 30.113 – These HMRC jobs are now live on eTaxJobs as of today:

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced the appointment of a Tax Assurance Commissioner and a Lead Non-Executive Director, as part of its new governance arrangements.

Edward Troup, currently HM Treasury’s Director General for Tax and Welfare, has been appointed Tax Assurance Commissioner and second Permanent Secretary at HMRC. He will be responsible for shaping tax policy and strategy, tax professionalism, and will oversee and provide assurance of large tax settlements. Reporting directly to Chief Executive Lin Homer, Mr Troup will succeed Dave Hartnett, who is retiring on 31 July, and will sit on HMRC’s Executive Committee. Mr Troup will take up his post in August.

Ian Barlow, currently Chair of WSP Group plc, has also been appointed as the Lead Non-Executive Director, in succession to Mike Clasper, whose contract is coming to an end.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, said: “I am delighted to welcome Edward and Ian to these appointments. They both bring specialist tax knowledge and an understanding of how HMRC operates. Their wide experience will add depth and breadth to HMRC’s leadership at both Executive and Board level.”

Chief Executive Lin Homer said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Edward Troup to this substantial and challenging role. HMRC will greatly benefit from his considerable tax knowledge and legal expertise, and he will play a critical role in providing rigour and challenge within HMRC, in order to ensure the transparency and integrity of the UK tax system.”

She added: “I am also very pleased that Ian Barlow has accepted the role of Lead Non-Executive Director at HMRC. This is an important governance role, chairing the Board and providing supportive challenge to the Executive Committee in developing and delivering HMRC’s vision and strategy, and ensuring HMRC delivers its performance and customer service objectives.”

Edward Troup said: “HMRC is an organisation with a great tradition. I look forward to joining Lin Homer’s senior management team and continuing with the department’s transformation into a modern and professional tax administration.

”I want to ensure that HMRC’s well-deserved pride in its achievements and its high standards are properly reflected in public confidence that all taxpayers, large or small, are being treated fairly.“

Ian Barlow said: “I am looking forward to building on the strategic vision developed by HMRC and Mike Clasper, and to supporting HMRC to meet its multiple objectives, including its obligations to its customers and stakeholders. The role of the Non-Executives is to be critical friends, both advising and encouraging HMRC’s Executive in its delivery and holding it to account for its actions.”

Background info:

1. Edward Troup began his career as a tax lawyer, working with law firm Simmons & Simmons, until joining HM Treasury as a special adviser on tax, between 1995 and 1997. Edward returned to Simmons & Simmons in 1997, before rejoining the Treasury in 2004 as Director of Business and Indirect Tax.

2. Ian Barlow has held a wide range of appointments in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. He is currently Chair of WSP Group plc and Director at Smith and Nephew and at the Brunner Investment Trust. He was recently appointed a Non-Executive Director at HMRC.

3. The Lead Non-Executive Director replaces the role of the Chairman, in accordance with the Code of Good Practice introduced by the Government in 2011.

4. The Tax Assurance Commissioner was appointed using Civil Service Commissioner Recruitment Principles and the Lead Non-Executive was appointed following a full Public Appointments Process.

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Banyard and Bowles appointed HMRC Commissioners

On November 11, 2011, in HMRC, by Chris Bale

The Queen has approved the appointments of Stephen Banyard (Acting Director General for Personal Tax, HMRC) and Simon Bowles (Chief Finance Officer, HMRC) as Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs. The appointments were announced by Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary, at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Commons.

Stephen Banyard is a trained Tax Inspector and was Director Operations for the former Inland Revenue, responsible for the national network of tax offices. He has worked for the Inland Revenue and HMRC for 35 years, becoming Director of Corporation Tax and VAT in 2005. He has been in his present position since November last year.

Simon Bowles joined HMRC in March 2009. He was previously Chief Finance Officer at Fiberweb PLC, an international fabrics manufacturer. Simon has held various senior positions in a 30 year career in finance in the UK, USA and Australia with RAC, BOC Group and Arthur Andersen and Co. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

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