Former Terra Firma chief to chair HMRC

Private equity chief, Mike Clasper, has been appointed chairman of HM Revenue
& Customs after a six month search following Paul Gray’s resignation in
November over the lost child benefit records debacle.

Clasper, former managing director of Terra Firma and chief executive of BAA
plc until July 2006, has been appointed chairman by the prime minister Gordon
Brown to strengthen corporate governance.

He will also provide oversight to the executive committee and departmental
board and play a key role for HMRC by engaging with the department’s many

The Cabinet Office said
Clasper had been appointed following an open recruitment process and with the
agreement of the chancellor , Alistair Darling.

‘Appointing someone of his calibre and experience is particularly important
at this point in HMRC’s development and I am delighted he has agreed to take on
the role. He will bring the leadership and vision needed to deliver on HMRC’s
goals of providing an enhanced service to all of its customers across the UK,’
said Darling.

Clasper said he wants to see HMRC in the ‘vanguard of public delivery,
providing a top quality and reliable experience’ for all of its users.

He takes over from acting chairman Dave Hartnett from the beginning of August
and will work a three-day week while Hartnett will take up the reigns as acting
chief executive.

The chief executive role is a new position which the HMRC is actively
recruiting for at the moment.

Many tax experts are hoping that Hartnett will return to his original role as
director general of business where he was widely respected for his tax-avoidance

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