Taking Stock: Is the postman set to head up HMRC?

RUMOURS over Lin Homer’s successor have been flying into TS Towers recently, but it now seems that there could be a new front runner in the race to become HMRC’s next CEO.

Two senior tax experts have suggested that Paula Vennells, current chief executive at the Post Office, could well be on her way to HMRC.

Vennells wasn’t on TS’s radar when we drew up our list of potential candidates to succeed Homer, but perhaps we should now give William Hill a ring to find out what her odds are.

The CEO has been at the Post Office since 2007, and having been appointed as CEO in 2012, was instrumental in its digital transformation, a skill that many advisers believe is necessary for the person that takes over from Homer, as HMRC looks to become one of the biggest digital administrations in the world.

Vennells also has experience working within the private sector. In November, she was appointed to the board of struggling supermarket giant Morrisons for her renowned restructuring skills, a talent that might certainly be of use if she is to join HMRC.

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