Two non-exec hires for HMRC

TWO NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS have been appointed by HM Revenue & Customs with immediate effect.

Mervyn Walker and Simon Ricketts have joined the HMRC board as successors to Philippa Hird and Norman Pickavance, who recently left their roles.

Rolls Royce CIO Ricketts has also held senior roles at Scottish and Newcastle, Cadbury Schweppes and British Steel and spent seven years as non-executive director with the National Savings and Investment Bank.

Walker has held the group human resources director post at three FTSE 100 companies – British Airways, Mondi and, most recently, Anglo American. A lawyer by background, he has also holds a portfolio of non-executive roles.

HMRC’s lead non-executive director Ian Barlow said: “I am delighted with these appointments. Simon Ricketts and Mervyn Walker both have vast experience to help HMRC face the challenges of the future. HMRC’s chief executive, Lin Homer, and I would also like to thank Philippa Hird and Norman Pickavance for their valuable contributions.”

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