Lin Homer is to step down as CEO of HMRC

Lin Homer
By Kyle McHatton, CA Today

11 January 2016

Lin Homer will stand down as HM Revenue and Customs Chief Executive in April.

The CEO of HMRC, Lin Homer, has announced she is to leave her role in April after four years in the position.

Ms Homer, who was recently made a Dame in the New Year's Honours List, joined HMRC in January 2012 from the Department for Transport and has spent a total of 36 years as a civil servant and in local government.

She has been  tasked with leading the digital transformation of HMRC, with a focus on online self-help and streamlined services. This has prompted a mixed reaction from agents and other service users.

Announcing her impending departure, she said: "After 10 years as a CEO and permanent secretary in the civil service, the start of the next spending review period seemed to be a sensible time to move on. HMRC has secured ministerial support and funding for our ambitious transformation programme and it has the leadership team in place to deliver it.”

Chancellor George Osborne said: “Lin has made a real contribution to public service modernisation and transformation.

"It is to Lin's great credit that the National Audit Office last year judged HMRC to be one of the strongest departments in government - a legacy of which she can be rightly proud."

"She has put the foundations in place that will see HMRC become one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world.”

ICAS CEO Anton Colella said: "Lin Homer inherited a most challenging position at HMRC and is to be congratulated for her work to modernise the service, and to raise awareness amongst the population and business of the duty to contribute to tax. I admire her courage for taking on this role and wish her well for the future."

HMRC said it has begun the process of seeking a successor to Ms Homer.


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