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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Phil Pavitt Leaves HMRC's Sinking Ship



In October I wrote about our old chum Phil Pavitt, who apparently had 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 Apparently he has been replaced by his deputy Mark Hall.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. 

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."
One day later I noted that he had in fact been "promoted" to "Director General Change, Security and Information".

Now here's the "funny" thing, that promotion appears to be pointless (unless it was designed to move him away from RTI).

For why?

Pavitt is leaving HMRC.

Quelle surprise!

He is joining Aviva in January.

RTI of course won't be live in January, funny that!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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37 comments:

  1. His contract was due to end in September 2012 so in theory he has stayed longer than he intended. That said RTI is a very high profile project which has to succeed if the Governments plan for a system of Universal Credit is ever to become a reality.

    A CIO quitting before that flag ship project is delivered does looks very odd.

    Government IT has suddenly acquired a very high casualty rate at the top with Pavitt now quitting as CIO from HMRC and Steve Dover and Malcolm Whitehouse leaving their roles on the Universal Credit project.

    These are not good omen for the future.

    http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/when-it-meets-politics/2012/11/good-data-for-good-government.html

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  2. Bloody Hell! If I spot him in the office I'll ask him if he knows about your website :)

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  3. I forgot to mention. Leaving a project that he is responsible for before it is completed will help him fit right in at Aviva.

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  4. Hmmm, the cynic in me wonders what this geezers contract looks like, perhaps this is yet another question for Margaret Hodge & Co. to ask, and while they are at it make the bleeders swear an oath, if you can't trust their top legal wallah who can you trust eh?
    I bet that Pave-Its contract turns out to pay a large lump sum and any accrued pension based on salary and expectations (having been promoted to DG (hah, they will be asking for knighthoods next, before they exit the revolving doors) which are in force at point of leaving.
    There again, perhaps he has been on the same deals as the majority of the swivel service, no pay rise whatsoever, pay more get less for your money in pension, nah!
    Cnuts, all!

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  5. I find your site very instructive.

    You basically rubbish all the hard work that dedicated civil servants put in, via the obscenity of the website name.

    You make money by adding adverts to it, which suggest that your real interest is personal gain.

    And I have yet to see a single constructive idea in here. If your website was called something like, "How HMRC could serve people better" I might give you a bit of respect, but as it is, you deserve not a lot more than contempt.

    Oh, and as your sources and comments are all anonymous, so's this!
    Think on it.

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    1. Anon@21:38

      Extract skull from rectum, read and be enlightened.

      Many readers, loyal or otherwise find the site title accurate, relevant and certainly topical, whether an individual is or was a prisoner of HMRC and their Stasi management or are mere "customers", a common experience of the degenerate, out of touch, incompetent, immoral and frankly law-breaking prats that make-up HMRC "management" is shared by all.

      Readers are perfectly capable of understanding what is posted hereon, and many other sites, including HMG - the minutes of PAC meetings and know a lie when they read it, it usually comes from someone who would not be capable of speaking the truth if it was tatooed on the inside of their eyelids.

      Have a look at those advertising on this and other of Ken's sites and you may just begin your walk along the path of enlightenment.

      "And I have yet to see a single constructive idea in here. If your website was called something like, "How HMRC could serve people better" I might give you a bit of respect, but as it is, you deserve not a lot more than contempt." The site has historically contained ideas and suggestions, and to serve people better HMRC could start by doing what it is paid to do, efficiently and with more than a touch of ethics and morality - ACROSS THE PISTE - as they love to say...

      Anonymity, I wonder why that is?

      So, do society a favour and....

      Sorry Ken, had to take a pop





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  6. Hah

    Yesterdays Torygraph carried a letter on P23 titled "Look after the pennies"

    Basically a "customer" was in receipt of a letter from HMRC explaining that the "customer" had underpaid tax by 6p in the past year, and that this would be recovered by an adjustment to the "customers" tax code for the next year. The letter was accompanied by 2 pages of notes.

    I think the PM should kick the Chancellor firmly up the arse and insist that answers are supplied! WTF happened to discretion and common sense, write off 6p as not cost effective or in the public interest.

    Feck me we will be writing off millions next, better forget the whole thing and hope it goes away.

    Muppets, nah, pathetic cesspit dwellers who between them don't appear to have a grain of common sense.

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  7. Muppets............yawn.............zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  8. Funny how his pet accountant Miss MacCarthy also left the Revenue in december. Wonder where she has gone......and will surface again at!

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  9. Louise McCarthy turns up at Aviva. . .

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    1. So she has, thanks for that http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=4564071&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=2lCt&locale=en_US&srchid=74c3d120-e67e-413a-9358-b2454484e7c4-0&srchindex=2&srchtotal=148&goback=.fps_PBCK_Louise+McCarthy_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*2_*1_Y_*1_*1_*1_false_1_R_*1_*51_*1_*51_true_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2&pvs=ps&trk=pp_profile_name_link

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  10. She has had no career of her own. Weak and pathetic.

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  11. "I forgot to mention. Leaving a project that he is responsible for before it is completed will help him fit right in at Aviva."

    How true this comment is from 25th Nov 2012.

    And they say that lightning doesn't strike twice! Hmmm.

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  12. It has just been announced that Phil Pavitt will be leaving Aviva next month,

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  13. Funnily enough, Louise McCarthy has now "been asked to leave" Aviva. I wonder where she'll end up.

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    1. She was "asked to leave" specsavers too.

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    2. I believe she decided to get a career without Pavitt and I hear she is doing very well. She wasn't asked to leave Great to hear she came to her senses

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  14. So where is Pavitt and his entourage/posse going now?

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  15. Well it looks like 'he better go to Specsavers', yes off to the optician chain no less. He really is scratching around for a job, did he go from Aviva under a cloud???

    http://www.cio.co.uk/news/cio-career/phil-pavitt-focuses-on-new-global-role-at-specsavers/

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    1. Has specsavers seen the real Pavitt? Hear he's on the move again. !

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    2. After delivering nothing and ruining everything, Specsavers have finally got rid of him. The only thing he is interested in is self promotion, his own ego, and young pretty girls in the office.

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  16. Miss McCarthy definitely "left under a cloud". Viva Las Vegas!!

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    1. I understand she left at her own choice good for her !

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  17. I'm not really sure he knows what he's talking about

    http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/interview/2405728/setting-its-sights-on-digital-an-interview-with-specsavers-global-cio-phil-pavitt

    He left Aviva in a terrible state and not the best guy to run suppliers thats for sure.

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    1. Hear he has been fired from specsavers for messing it up !

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  18. hmmm, any extra info on Ms McCarthy's performance at Aviva?

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  19. dont know about Aviva, but she left specsavrs in the middle of transformation program and is now causing trouble at ebrd (european bank).

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  20. Look what Ms Mccarthy is up to now: http://goo.gl/0d2MRO

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  21. Any relation to this guy I wonder?

    http://jobs.specsavers.co.uk/meet-our-team/peter/

    Just scroll down a short way then compare to images of the other P Pavitt?

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  22. Oh Yes Phil Pavitt desperate now posted this on LinkedIn ". Today John Perkins (Joint CEO) and I have announced that I will be leaving Specsavers at the end June 2017. An incredible amount has been achieved and the revolution has now been turned into a funded activity plan globally led by a new, strong technology leadership team. This being the case, John and I agree that now is the right time to put in place the leadership that will build on this strong platform and focus on execution and rolling out of our plans. It has been a fantastic experience for me and now it's time for the next and probably final chapter! If you know of roles, consultancy, NED or speaking opportunities then you know where to find me. Busy last four months - you know me!"

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    1. What a fucking bullshitter. Perhaps he'll go back to HMRC.

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  23. Pavitt and McCarthy have finally been shot from specsavers after gutting a healthy, ambitious and motivated technology and transformation team (albeit one that only had a small number of strong leaders).

    Let's hope jp has the sense to get shot of the pavitt cronies that remain.

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    1. Apparently mccarthy left Specsavers 15 months ago her choice I heard and is doing well good for her !

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    2. She's causing chaos and will soon be on her way out of EBRD once the cost of her vision is realised....

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    3. Sounds like someone is jealous she is doing well without Pavitt.! Interesting he has been fired when she is not driving and she is doing well on her own. I admire her, having worked with them both I know she is and will be successful

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  24. She is now out of ebrd as she made such a hash of things. Back to square 1 again and wasted a of of time.

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