Jon Thompson, Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary, HMRC

Jon Thompson will be discussing the challenges facing HMRC as the preparation for Brexit and the significant departmental transformation programme continues. These are just some of the multiple priorities to deliver alongside leading a department of 65,000 people, ensuring that HMRC provides fantastic customer service and brings in the revenue to keep the government running.


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  • About the speaker

    I joined HMRC as Permanent Secretary in April 2016 from the Ministry of Defence, where I was Permanent Secretary for four years. Previously, I was the Director General of Finance at MOD, and Head of the Government Finance Profession.

    Before joining the MOD I was Director General of Corporate Services at the Department of Children, Schools and Families, where I led the work on the Spending Review 2007, the creation of the DCSF and the corporate services transformation programme.

    Before I joined the Civil Service, I held a mix of public and private sector roles, including at Norfolk County Council, Eagle Star and Ernst & Young, where I managed public services consultancy and audit services for the south west.

    I’m a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. 

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