HMRC has annoucned the appointment of some new Non Executive Directors (NED's).
The full text
of the press release is below:
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced the appointment of
three new non-executive board members, as part of its ongoing governance
Volker Beckers and Norman Pickavance joined the main board on 1
January 2013. John Whiting will take up a position on the board from 1
April 2013. The three will take on posts that became vacant after John
Spence left last year, Phil Hodkinson left at the end of January this
year and Ian Barlow’s success in the competition to become HMRC’s lead
non-executive in September 2012.
In addition to main board
roles, Volker Beckers will chair a new Scrutiny Committee, Norman
Pickavance will join the People, Nominations and Governance Committee
and John Whiting will chair the Audit and Risk Committee from 1 April
The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, said:
appointments provide a rich mix of board-level experience. They have a
lot to offer the HMRC board and will bring new and further capability
and credible challenge to board discussions and to the new executive
Chief Executive Lin Homer said:
am delighted with these appointments. They all have vast experience to
share with HMRC which will help us as we face the challenges of the
future. I’d also like to thank both John Spence and Phil Hodkinson for
their valuable contributions to HMRC over the past five years and wish
them all the best in their future endeavours.”
announced the appointment of Edwina Dunn, Janet Williams, Leslie Ferrar
and Paul Smith to further strengthen HMRC board committees. Edwina Dunn
will take up an adviser role to the main board, Janet Williams will be
appointed to the Scrutiny and People, Nominations and Governance
Committees, and Leslie Ferrar and Paul Smith will take up roles on the
Audit and Risk Committee.
Lead non-executive Ian Barlow said:
appointments create a group of non executives with a wide range of
skills and experience, including the management of change in large-scale
organisations, customer service, building and advising small
businesses, and financial and tax expertise. We look forward to working
with our executive colleagues on the board to help them achieve HMRC’s
Notes for editors
Volker Beckers has been Group Chief Executive of RWE Npower since
January 2010. He has led large change programmes and has a very strong
focus on public and customer engagement. He joined the energy company
RWE AG in 1993 and became Group Chief Financial Officer of RWE Npower in
2003. Before joining RWE he worked in the IT industry in Germany and
ran CompuNet’s (today Computacenter) education and training centre,
before moving to their consultancy arm.
Pickavance has experience in HR and organisational development, most
recently as Group HR & Communications Director of WM Morrisons
Supermarkets Plc, a 130,000-strong organisation. He previously worked in
manufacturing and other international and high tech businesses. He has
also been a Non-Executive Director with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS
Trust and has worked at board level for over a decade.
John Whiting is currently the Tax Director of the Office of Tax
Simplification and the Tax Policy Director of the Chartered Institute of
Taxation (CIOT). He will be stepping down from the latter role but will
remain involved with the CIOT. Previously, he was a tax partner at
PricewaterhouseCoopers for 25 years. He was awarded the OBE in 2008 for
services to the tax profession.
4. Edwina Dunn is the
co-founder of Dunnhumby, which became the leader in data mining and
analysis, using the insight to help improve customers’ retail and brand
experience, including the key to the introduction of the market-leading
5. Janet Williams has recently retired as
a Deputy Assistant Commissioner from the Metropolitan Police Service,
where she led the protective security commands. She has a breadth of
experience in serious and organised crime investigations and was the
national law enforcement lead for cyber-crime.
Ferrar was the Treasurer to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of
Cornwall. Leslie also holds a number of other non-executive positions.
She was previously a tax partner at KPMG.
7. Paul Smith
is a former Finance Director of Ford UK and has board-level experience
from across both the public and private sectors in health, housing,
transport and other government departments.
8. The board will comprise six non executives and six executives, six women and six men.
9. The position of Lead Non Executive was created after the departure of Mike Clasper as Chairman of HMRC in August 2012.
10. The new non-executive directors will be paid £15,000 a year; those who chair board committees will be paid £20,000 a year.
Picture caption: HMRC’s non-executive board members (left to right):
Phil Hodkinson (leaving HMRC at end of January), Colin Cobain, Ian
Barlow, Philippa Hird, Volker Beckers, Edwina Dunn, Norman Pickavance.
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