Media enquiries

HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) press office deals with all areas of the department’s work and all media, including national, regional, trade, print, broadcast and web.

Headed by Matthew Hopkinson, the press office aims to provide a helpful service to journalists and reply to all media enquiries within agreed deadlines.

If you are a journalist with a press enquiry or request, you can email news.desk@hmrc.gov.uk or call one of our press officers (numbers below).

We offer a 24-hour service, with a duty press officer on call to help with urgent enquiries out of hours. Media can contact our duty press officer on 07860 359 544. Please note the above inbox is only monitored in office hours, so please call the duty press officer outside of this.

Press officers are bound by the rules of confidentiality and are expressly forbidden - in common with all HMRC staff - from discussing details of individual taxpayers.

Three desks in the press office deal with national media queries. These are:

  • Individuals
  • Business
  • Law Enforcement and Family

Regionally, the press office is organised into 3 teams. These teams should be the first point of contact for all daytime regional press enquiries:

  • Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and South West England
  • London and East, South and South East England
  • East Midlands, West Midlands, North East and Yorkshire, and North West England

Press office structure:

Head of National News

Role Name Phone number
Head of National News Paul Franklin 03000 585 025

EU Transition Team

Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer Stephen Cassidy 03000 511 593
Senior Press Officer Tom Riley 03000 585 021
Senior Press Officer Jemma Smith 03000 520 184
Press Officer Victoria Fell 03000 585 017
Press Officer Lucy Collins 03000 525 872
Press Officer Natalie Brown 03000 519 123

Individuals desk

Responsible for:

  • Income Tax
  • IR35/managed service companies
  • PAYE and National Insurance
  • Self Assessment
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • savings and investments
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • High Net Worth Unit
  • residency issues
  • offshore taxation
  • pensions
  • charities
  • Gift Aid
  • Benefits in Kind
  • debt management and banking
  • HMRC powers
  • departmental interest rates
  • sports clubs
  • General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) and other business issues
  • other individual issues
Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer Dan Allen 03000 585 024

Business desk

Responsible for:

  • Corporation Tax
  • Large Business Service
  • customs and international
  • agents
  • VAT
  • excise duties
  • construction industry
  • environmental tax
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • hedge funds
  • administrative burdens
  • tax treaties
  • Business Payment Support Service (BPSS)
  • Alcohol Duty
  • gambling duties
  • Landfill Tax
  • red diesel
Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer Julie Gillespie 03000 585 028

Law Enforcement and Family desk

Responsible for:

  • HR issues
  • estates
  • tax credits
  • Child Benefit
  • data loss/security
  • Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) and other VAT fraud
  • National Minimum Wage
  • money laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA)
  • alcohol
  • tobacco
  • oils
  • internal governance and security
  • strategic exports
  • criminal investigation and other enforcement and compliance issues
  • IMS (excluding SA)
  • tax fraud
  • taskforces and campaigns
  • National Audit Office (NAO) 7
  • Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reports
  • student loan repayments and other enforcement and compliance issues
Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer Chris O’Callaghan 03000 585 022
Press Officer Ivor Jones 03000 585 015

Consumer, Planning and PR

Role Name Phone number
Head of Consumer, Planning and PR Stevie Roden 03000 566 399
Senior Press Officer Vinita Thakur 03000 585 023
Press Officer Alexia Johnston 03000 585 030
Press Officer Thomas Hambleton 03000 585 026

Regional news

Role Name Phone number
Head of Regional News Clare Merrills 07979 806 393

Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and South West England

Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer Alyson Nicholl 03000 518 552

Northern Ireland

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Francesca Ryan-O’Riordan 03000 550 493

Scotland

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer William Lyon 03000 519 451

Wales

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Covered by Alyson Nicholl 03000 518 552

South West England

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Covered by Nikki Sanders 03000 524 936

London and East, South and South East England

Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer Georgina Myles 03000 534 396

London (including Heathrow Airport)

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Chanelle Gibson-McGowan 03000 529729

South of England

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Covered by Ed Casson 03000 524 697

East of England

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Covered by Francesca Ryan-O’Riordan 03000 550 493

South East England

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Covered by Jon Sibley 03000 552 871

Local radio broadcaster

Role Name Phone number
Broadcast manager Nikki Sanders 03000 524 936

East Midlands, West Midlands, North East and Yorkshire, and North West England

Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer Nick McCarthy 03000 589 546

East Midlands

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Covered by Nick McCarthy 03000 589 546

West Midlands

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Covered by Nick McCarthy 03000 589 546

North East and Yorkshire

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Jon Sibley 03000 552 871

North West England

Role Name Phone number
Press Officer Ed Casson 03000 524 697

Out of hours

Phone: 07860 359 544

This is the single contact number for all emergency out-of-hours national and regional media enquiries, which operates outside normal office hours (9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday).