Stanier to replace Harra as head of tax strategy

HMRC has named internal candidate Ruth Stanier as the department’s new director general of customer strategy and tax design, replacing Jim Harra who left the job eight months ago

Harra left the position in November 2016 when he was promoted to second permanent secretary at the beginning of this year, replacing Edward Troup.

Stanier was appointed following an open recruitment competition and is currently director for customs and indirect tax. She will take over her new role from interim director general David Richardson on his planned retirement later this summer.

Stanier said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to lead customer strategy and tax design and join HMRC’s executive committee.

‘I’m keen that over the months ahead we go further in bringing customer insight to the heart of all our work on policy and design, and continue to strengthen our policy partnership with the Treasury. I’m really looking forward to discussing with teams across the group how we can best approach this next stage together and help make the group an even better place to work.’

Stanier joined HMRC as director of indirect tax in March 2016, and has led on customs and indirect tax since early 2017. Since joining the Civil Service in the 1990s, she has led a range of policy work in different departments including the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department for Transport and the Department of Health.

Jim Harra, who was Stanier’s predecessor in her new role, was made second permanent secretary at HMRC at the end of last year, following the retirement of Edward Troup.

Report by Pat Sweet

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