HMRC’s new directors: white, male and from big business

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HMRC has announced the appointment of two new executive directors.

They are Simon Ricketts, who I gather is from Rolls Royce, and Mervyn Walker who I believe is from Anglo American. Why the press release could not say so is not clear.

So the HMRC Board loses a woman as a member, is increasingly male, remains, I think, entirely ethnically white and, as the press release is proud to make clear, 'provide[s] a rich mix of Board-level experience in major corporations'.

If you wanted a sorrier tale of a governance structure not reflecting the stakeholders an organisation is meant to serve it would be hard to find one.

It remains the case the HMRC needs a significant reorganisation from the top down but it is certainly not happening yet.


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