Jon Thompson becomes new head of HMRC
Jon Thompson has been appointed the new Chief Executive of HMRC, the UK Government has announced.
Mr Thompson, who is currently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, will take over from Lin Homer when she steps down in April this year.
Edward Troup will become Executive Chair of HMRC. He is currently the organisation’s Tax Assurance Commissioner and Second Permanent Secretary.
The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, said that Mr Thompson’s experience and financial background make him “strongly placed” to deliver HMRC’s transformation plans.
He added that Mr Troup was an excellent choice to lead the tax department through “an important phase of change”, amid “unprecedented public interest in taxation”.
Charlotte Barbour, ICAS Director of Taxation, said: “We look forward to working with Jon Thompson and to continue working with Edward Troup. We value our relationship with HMRC and there is a large mutual agenda.
“Making tax digital presents great opportunities but also challenges in which the role of the agent will become even more essential.”
Commenting on his appointment, Jon Thompson said: “While it will be a wrench to leave the Ministry of Defence, I am excited to be taking up the challenge of leading the delivery of the department that raises the revenues that pay for the nation's public services. With 50 million individual and five million business customers, HMRC operates at a scale that few organisations can match."
Under the new leadership structure, Edward Troup will chair HMRC’s Board, while Jon Thompson will chair HMRC’s Executive Committee and be the Accounting Officer for HMRC.
HMRC said it would be reviewing the arrangements for assuring large tax settlements following Edward Troup’s appointment as Executive Chair.
Jon Thompson was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence in September 2012. He was previously Finance Director at Ofsted and Director General, Corporate Services, at the Department of Children, Schools and Families.