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Jon Thompson, CEO, HMRC

Thompson is leading the transformation of HMRC, including Making Tax Digital

Bio

After graduating, Thompson qualified with CIPFA, which he completed in 1989. In the years following, he worked in local government as finance director for North Somerset Council as well as working for Eagle Star and EY, where he managed public services consultancy and audit services for the south west.

Thompson then joined the Civil Service in 2004 as OFSTED’s first finance director. He also worked as Director General Corporate Services at the Department of Children, Schools, and Families. He was also Head of the Government Finance Profession at the HM Treasury for three years, leading the accountancy community in government.

From there he moved to Director General Finance for the Ministry of Defence, and then to Permanent Under Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. He was a member of the Defence Council and the Defence Board, and co-chaired the Defence Strategy Group.

Thompson was appointed Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of HMRC in April 2016. He is responsible for delivery the department’s strategy, including HMRC’s transformation programme.

Why did he make the power list?

Thompson is number 14 on the Financial Power List 2018. Thompson has been leading the charge to reform HMRC and its service delivery, including projects to implement the Making Tax Digital initiative, relocate national offices to regional centres and introduce Universal Credit. With HMRC recently acknowledging that it was no longer feasible to carry out all the transformation projects at the same time, Thompson is now under pressure to reprioritise the initiatives and ensure that HMRC delivers on revenue and customer service targets.

HMRC

HMRC is a non-ministerial department supported by the Valuation Office Agency and The Adjudicator’s Office.

It is the UK’s tax, payments, and customs authority, and its purpose is to collect the money that pays for the UK’s public services and helps people with targeted financial support.

 

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