My thanks to a loyal reader who posted this update about our old chum Phil Pavitt, who apparently has been moved from his role as HMRC's ubiquitous Chief Information Officer:
"I see Pavitt is no longer HMRC CIO. Apparently he has been replaced by his deputy Mark Hall. Pavitt's new title is something like Director General of Security and Information etc.My question is this, is the above true?
Anyone know if this is promotion, demotion or a move sideways.
Maybe he is just getting off the track before the RTI and Universal Credit express smashes into the buffers killing all on board and letting his underling take all the blame for any train wreck."
I ask because:
1 Pavitt appeared to be a great "success" in his role (eg as I wrote in March: "Pavitt is single handedly turning HMRC into a fit and lean (no pun intended) technologically sophisticated organisation"), and
2 His CV on the HMRC site has not been updated to reflect this move:
"Phil's Executive Committee portfolio is Information Management Services and Change in HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). He took on the role of Chief Information Officer of HMRC on 2 September 2009.Please can someone advise if he really has been moved, or if this comment is an error?
Phil has over 25 years experience in both private and public sector organisations and was previously CIO of Transport for London, where he led a major overhaul of the IT function. Prior to this he had held positions as CIO at OneTel and NTL.
Alongside his work commitments, Phil is a regular public speaker on a range of topics from leadership to IT delivery. He is also a trustee of Bar 'N' Bus an outreach charity working with young people in South East Essex."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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