HMRC confirms permanent chief executive appointment

29 October 2019

HMRC has confirmed today that Jim Harra has been appointed as the new Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary.

Harra was acting in the position on an interim basis but has now been offered the role on a permanent basis and will succeed Sir Jonathan Thompson. The new development was announced by Sir Mark Sedwell, the Cabinet Secretary. As Harra was previously the Second Permanent Secretary, there will now be steps taken to fill that position in light of his promotion.

Harra has worked for HMRC for over 30 years, rising through the ranks from initially being a tax inspector to holding senior director-level positions before taking on the role of Director General for Business Tax in 2012.

The official announcement from HMRC maintained that Brexit would be Jim Harra’s priority but so would providing an excellent service to the UK’s taxpayers, in line with the work of his predecessor.


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