David Cameron has appointed Jon Thompson, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), as the new chief executive of HMRC, it was revealed this week.
It was further announced that Edward Troup, HMRC’s tax assurance commissioner and second permanent secretary, would be promoted to executive chair.
Many had predicted that Troup would one day be the successor to HMRC’s Lin Homer.
Chancellor George Osborne said: “These are exceptional appointments to HMRC. We have one of the country’s pre-eminent tax experts and an outstanding civil service leader with experience of transforming large organisations.
“Edward’s wealth of experience in tax and Jon’s operational and financial expertise, most recently as permanent secretary at the MoD, will prove a huge asset to HMRC as it improves its customer service and continues its vital work to clamp down on tax avoidance and evasion.”
Celebrating his new appointment, Jon Thompson said: “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.”
Edward Troup claimed to be “delighted to be appointed as executive chair.
“I look forward to leading HMRC along the path of transformation that has been established and to ensuring the delivery of the ambitious plan that we agreed with ministers in our Spending Review settlement in November,” he said.