By Marcus Leach

The Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Sir Gus O’Donnell, is pleased to announce that Lin Homer will be the next Chief Executive Officer of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Ms Homer, who is currently Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport, takes over from Lesley Strathie, who stepped down last month on health grounds. The appointment has been approved by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

She will take up her post in January 2012.

“I welcome Lin Homer’s appointment and am delighted that we will continue to have a strong team at HMRC," The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said.

Sir Gus said:
“I am very pleased to announce that Lin Homer has been appointed as Chief Executive at HMRC. She has a wealth of experience working in the public service in central and local government.

“I was very sorry that Lesley Strathie had to step down last month, to concentrate on her health, at a time when HMRC was achieving very real improvements in its performance, and I know that Lin will build on Lesley’s achievements.”

Lin Homer said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be joining HMRC at this time. Lesley will be a hard act to follow. The department has achieved a great deal in recent years and I want to anchor those achievements, continue the drive for better customer service and sustainable cost reductions while bringing in more tax revenues for the country.

“I am also pleased that Dave Hartnett, Permanent Secretary for Tax, has agreed to stay on at HMRC until the summer of 2012, when he will retire. Dave is widely-recognised as a tax leader at home and abroad, and has secured billions in tax for the UK that would otherwise have been lost through avoidance, evasion and fraud.

“I will greatly benefit from the experience and continuity provided by both Mike Clasper and Dave Hartnett as I take up the reins at HMRC.”

HMRC’s Non-Executive Chairman, Mike Clasper, said:
“I am looking forward to working with Lin Homer as she leads the continued transformation of HMRC started by Dame Lesley Strathie. I am confident that this will deliver increased tax yields for the UK, improved service for HMRC’s customers and an efficient and engaged organisation.”

Mr Hartnett said:
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Lin and will give her every support during the coming months as she determines how to build on HMRC’s many achievements.”

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