HMRC Non-Executive Board Member

Body: HM Treasury (for HM Revenue & Customs)
Appointing Department: HM Revenue & Customs
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector
Location: 100 Parliament Street, Westminster
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £20,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 20 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    Expected w/c 01/04/2019


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are looking for an experienced candidate with a professional background in enforcement at senior levels, with an understanding of the UK tax system to take up a Non-Executive role on HMRC’s Board. This role offers a unique opportunity to advise on, challenge, and scrutinise tax and benefits administration at the heart of government.

The recommended candidate will be subject to security checks and require approval by HM Treasury ministers and the Prime Minister.

Person Specification

Professional Skills and Experience

Candidates for this role should demonstrate as many of the following criteria as possible:


  • A strong professional background in enforcement or an enforcement related field at senior or executive level.


  • Experience of operating at Board level or equivalent in the public or private sector (or both), within complex organisations.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the issues faced by taxpayers, employers, agents and intermediaries engaging with the tax system.
  • Ability to think logically and objectively in analysing complex financial and non-financial information in order to identify key issues/implications, make balanced judgments and effective decisions.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to quickly distil large amounts of information from a variety of sources into sound recommendations and communicate complex issues clearly.
  • An in-depth understanding of public policy, combined with the confidence, presence and impact to operate within a complex environment, and an appreciation of the political context in which we work.

The ability to work well as part of a diverse team and take collective responsibility for decisions, as well as building and maintaining successful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, winning the trust of those who may have differing or conflicting views.

Additional Information


HMRC is the UK’s tax authority and is a non-Ministerial department responsible to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In 2017-18 HMRC brought in total tax revenues amounting to £605.8 billion, generated £30.3 billion of compliance yield and made £229 million in efficiency savings for the UK taxpayer. The total cost of running the department in 2017-18 was £3.5 billion. HMRC paid out £38.0 billion in benefits and credits, including £26.3 billion in Personal Tax Credit payments and £11.7 billion in Child Benefit.


HMRC Board

As a non-ministerial department, the role of the Board is critical to the success of HMRC. The Board, which meets ten times a year, is in place to advise and challenge the management of HMRC, particularly focusing its attention on the performance of the Department and its future strategic direction. This year, that has meant a strong focus on EU exit preparations and the delivery of HMRC’s ambitious transformation plans.

The Non-Executives on the Board bring with them a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds, including customer service, data analytics, human resources, IT, project management, accountancy and the tax profession. Their skills and professional background bring an external perspective to the advice the Board gives to help shape strategy and challenge performance.

The Board provides:

  • challenge: reviewing and challenging the Department’s business plan and performance against that plan, with particular reference to agreed strategic priorities
  • expertise: providing wider public and private sector expertise to help shape the delivery of strategy and to improve HMRC’s performance. They also advise the Chief Executive on senior appointments
  • strategy: assuring HMRC’s strategic direction is clear and deliverable, taking into account risk and focusing on the long-term success of the Department and value for the taxpayer
  • assurance: providing the Chief Executive, as Principal Accounting Officer, with assurance that the financial statements are factually accurate, that risk management processes are robust, and that control processes across HMRC are strong and appropriate
  • stakeholder views: reflecting the views of HMRC’s external stakeholders; supporting HMRC to develop stakeholder communications plans; and using the cross-government network of Non-Executive directors to bring insight and intelligence to support the Executive Committee to identify challenges and opportunities.

The Non-Executives may also be involved in working groups or offer advice and support to individual Directors General or Directors, in addition to ad hoc pieces of work across the Department.

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