Paul Gray CB, Chairman:
Paul took up his current post on 1 September 2006. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of HM Revenue & Customs in September 2004 and worked with David Varney (previously Chairman HM Revenue & Customs) and the senior team to lead the new combined department, bringing together the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise.
Before starting work as Deputy Chairman of HM Revenue & Customs Paul Gray was Second Permanent Secretary and Managing Director, Pensions and Disability in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Paul played a major role in forming DWP through the merger of the former DSS, the Employment Service and parts of the former DfES. As a member of the Executive Team and Departmental Board he was heavily involved in designing the new organisation, its constituent businesses, support systems and the creation of a new working culture.
Paul began his Civil Service career at HM Treasury in 1969 as a professional economist, but after a few years transferred to mainstream Civil Service administrative roles. In the late 1970s he spent two years working as a corporate planner with Booker McConnell Ltd. After his return to the Treasury he worked during the 1980s on agriculture, industry and employment issues and co-ordinated the Public Expenditure Survey process. Between 1988 and 1990 he was Economic Affairs Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.
In 1990 Paul returned to the Treasury, and spent three years working on monetary policy, serving as a member of the EU Monetary Committee. He then became Head of Personnel and Central Services, and was also a non-executive director of Laing Management Ltd. From 1995 to 1998 he was Director of Budget and Public Finances, with responsibility for oversight of the Budget process. Paul then joined what was then the Department of Social Security in 1998 as head of policy.
Dave Hartnett CB:
Dave's ExCom portfolio includes Businesses Customer Unit, Large Business Service, Corporation Tax and VAT, Anti-avoidance and Central Policy.
Dave joined the Inland Revenue in 1976. He worked for nearly 10 years on investigation work before becoming Director of Claims Branch in 1991. In 1994 he was appointed Director of the Financial Intermediaries and Claims Office moving in 1996 to lead the technical team on personal taxation. In 1998 he was appointed Director of Capital and Savings, with tax policy responsibility for capital taxes, savings, pensions, share schemes, charity tax issues and stamp duty. He led the 2000 quinquennial review of the Valuation Office Agency before his current appointment in 2000.
Bernadette's ExCom portfolio includes Processing, Customer Contact, and Charity, Assets and Residence. Bernadette joined HMRC in May 2005, following a short period as acting Chief Executive of the Royal Parks.
She had previously spent 24 years at the Department for Constitutional Affairs, having started in the then Lord Chancellor's Department as a Government Lawyer in 1980. After an early career in a range of both legal and policy posts, she moved into operations in 1991 managing civil and the higher criminal courts in the South East.
She led the team that launched the Court Service as an executive agency in 1995 before setting up the new agency's HR and Learning function. She moved onto the agency board in 1999, leading on business change, IT, procurement and tribunals operations. She returned to DCA HQ in 2002 as Change Director.
Mike's ExCom portfolio includes Criminal Investigation, National Teams & Special Civil Investigations, Local Compliance, Risk & Intelligence, Individuals Customer Unit, Central Compliance and Excise and Stamp Taxes.
Mike joined HM Customs and Excise in 1975, having been called to the bar in the same year. He spent six years at the Cabinet Office in various roles, including Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, and three years in the Home Office as Deputy Director General in the Immigration and Nationality Department.
Mike's jobs with HM Custom and Excise include Director of Customs, dealing with policy in relation to international trade, drugs, pornography and trade sanctions and restrictions, and Director General of Business Services and Taxes, with overall responsibility for the collection of indirect taxes and customs duties, facilitating and regulating international trade and advising Ministers on these issues. Mike was acting Chairman between June 2003 and September.
Steve's ExCom portfolio includes Information Management Solutions, PAYE, Self-Assessment & NIC, Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence and Progressive Service Delivery.
Steve graduated in mining Engineering at University College Cardiff in 1978 before starting work with the BOC Group. He had a wide variety of roles there, working in project engineering and management roles before moving on to operational, commercial and senior management jobs. He became Director of Global Information and Management User Services in June 1998.
In 2000, Steve joined the British Gas (BG) Group as CIO and Vice President Information Management (IM). This meant he was responsible for development and delivery of business strategy and services, ensuring that IM added business value. He became Chief Information Officer (CIO) for both former Departments in October 2004.
Mike Hanson MBE:
Mike's ExCom Portfolio includes HR and Learning, Estates and Support Services, Frontiers & International, Detection, Benefits and Credits, Pacesetter and the Workforce Change Programme.
Mike joined the Civil Service in 1974, serving in HM Customs and Excise, the Parliamentary Commissioner's Office and on secondment, via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Hong Kong Government. In Hong Kong, Mike performed a variety of roles, including head of the Government Property Agency, Refugee Co-ordinator, Information Co-ordinator and Government Spokesman. On returning to the UK and HM Customs and Excise, Mike became head of Logistics and Finance before moving to his present position.
David Hogg is General Counsel and Solicitor to HM Revenue & Customs with responsibility for the Solicitor's Office and Corporate and Internal Governance.
David joined the Treasury Solicitor's Department from private practice in 1978. He became an Assistant Treasury Solicitor in 1985 serving in various positions in the Treasury Solicitor's Department. As Deputy Treasury Solicitor (1993-97) he oversaw the Department's conversion to an Agency and the introduction of a charging regime.
In 1997, David was appointed Solicitor and Legal Adviser to the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions – a role he maintained in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
In April 2004, David moved on loan to the Treasury where he worked on Equitable Life and Financial Sanctions. Separately he also provided legal advice to Lord Butler's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction. David joined HM Customs and Excise in October 2004 and was appointed Acting General Counsel and Solicitor to HMRC in April 2005.
Chris's ExCom responsibilities include Communications and Marketing and acting as ExCom champion for corporate responsibility and diversity issues. His corporate responsibility work covers issues that relate to the community, the environment, our customers, our suppliers and our employees - for further information see the Corporate Responsibility page.
Chris joined HMRC in January 2005 from the private sector. Prior to joining the Department, Chris had been Board level Corporate Affairs Director at Granada Media Group (subsequently ITV plc), the first Political Adviser at the Department of National Heritage (now DCMS) and National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party. He's also been Managing Director of a start up schools educational software business and both a communications and management consultant.
Chris holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a Politics graduate from Sussex University. He also chairs the Foyer Federation, one of the UK's leading youth homelessness charities.
Bill is Non-executive Chairman of the Forensic Science Service. He has an international finance and general management background, chiefly with Unilever - including spells abroad in Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire - and latterly with ICI. He is also a Non-Executive Director and chairs the Audit Committees at both the Department for International Development and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In addition to his work in the public sector, Bill has business consulting activities and is Chairman of AHS Limited, a university spin-out technology company in Manchester.
Kate is Vice President, Executive Development, BP. She has worked in both the public and the private sector; mainly in the retail industry before joining BP. She was directly involved in the change and transformation of BP throughout the 1990s as, successively, Head of its Culture Change Team and Head of Learning and Organisation Development. Kate is also actively involved with a number of outside bodies in both public and private sectors.
John Spence MBE:
John joined Lloyds Bank in 1973. He became Head of Business Banking in 1994, and following a series of Director level roles in Lloyds TSB, was appointed Director of Policy Co-ordination and Risk in 2003. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, the Institute of Financial Services, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is active in many charitable causes, President of ENABLE (Scotland's MENCAP) and - registered blind himself - Chairman of Blind in Business. John is also a Commissioner of the Church of England.