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HMRC appoints non-exec directors

Familiar faces from RWE Npower, Morrisons & CIOT named

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has appointed three new non-executive directors who will take up their roles in April.

In a statement, the UK tax authority said that among the three were RWE Npower group chief executive Volker Beckers and former Wm Morrisons Supermarkets group HR and communications director Norman Pickavance.

Additionally industry veteran John Whiting, who is stepping down from his role as tax policy director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), will be joining them. However, he will continue in his role as tax director at the Office of Tax Simplification as well as his interactions with the CIOT.

Whiting, a former CIOT president who was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his services to the tax profession, had previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 25 years.

Commenting on the appointment, exchequer secretary David Gauke 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."

The three will replace John Spence who left last year, Phil Hodkinson who is due to leave at the end of January and Ian Barlow who will take up the lead non-executive director role at HMRC.


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