Jonathan Thompson is to leave HMRC to take up a new role as Chief
Executive of the Financial Reporting Council. Sir
Jonathan will lead the organisation through its transformation into the
Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority, a new regulator with
stronger powers announced today by Business Secretary Greg Clark.
Jonathan said: “It’s been a tremendous privilege to lead HMRC for more
than three years, so to leave now has not been
an easy decision for me to make. However, to have the opportunity to
lead the Financial Reporting Council, as it turns into the Audit,
Governance and Reporting Authority, and to promote public trust in doing
business in the UK, at a point when we’re about
to forge new alliances across the world, is too exciting to turn down.
immensely proud to have led HMRC as we delivered year-on-year increases
in the collection of revenues due for public
services; prepared for Brexit and the challenges it will bring; and
oversaw a recovery in customer service levels making dealing with their
tax affairs easier for everyone.
also pleased to have made real changes that will help make HMRC a great
place to work – replacing PMR with Performance
and Development Conversations, commissioning the Respect at Work review
and kicking off pay reform, as well as seeing the opening of the first
of our new regional centres. My ExCom colleagues remain fully committed
to these changes and I’m sorry I won’t be
here to see the culmination of that good work.”
Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, said: "I am grateful for the enormous contribution
Sir Jonathan has made during his time at HMRC.
has shown himself to be an exceptional leader as the Chief Executive
and First Permanent Secretary at HM Revenue and
Customs, as well as Head of the Government’s Operational Delivery
Profession. During his tenure, we’ve seen year-on-year increases in the
revenue collected, which critically goes into funding our public
“Particular credit goes to Jon's work to diversify the workforce: appointing a diverse and gender balanced executive committee,
and opening HMRC's first regional centre, with two more due this year.
“I wish Jon all the best in his new role, and I am sure he will be an invaluable asset to the new Audit, Reporting and
Sir Jonathan will take up his new role in the autumn, and an announcement about a successor will be made in due course.
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