David Cameron appoints HMRC chief executive and chairman

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Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed a new chairman and chief executive for HM Revenue & Customs.

Jon Thompson, who is Ministry of Defence permanent secretary, will join the Revenue shortly.

He replaces current chief executive Lin Homer, who will step down in April.

Edward Troup, currently HMRC’s tax assurance commissioner, will take up his new role on 5 April.

Troup will chair HMRC’s board and Jon Thompson will chair its executive committee and be its accounting officer.

Chancellor George Osborne says: “These are exceptional appointments to HMRC.

“Edward’s wealth of experience in tax and Jon’s operational and financial expertise, most recently as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, will prove a huge asset to HMRC as it improves its customer service and continues its vital work to clamp down on tax avoidance and evasion.”

Troup says: “I am delighted to be appointed as executive chair.”

Thompson says: “While it will be a wrench to leave the Ministry of Defence, I am excited to be taking up the challenge of leading the delivery of the department that raises the revenues that pay for the nation’s public services.”

The arrangements for assuring large tax settlements in HMRC will be reviewed after Troup’s appointment.