Strathie to take three-month break

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of HM Revenue & Customs, Dame Leslie Strathie, will be absent from her role for the next three months, the department has said today.

Strathie will undergo an unspecified surgery and will return to the top job around late October.

While she is away, HMRC chairman Mike Clasper (pictured) will “provide leadership and direction”, an HMRC spokesman said.

Permanent secretary Dave Hartnett will take over temporarily as principal accounting officer.

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