Our governance

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is a non-ministerial department established by the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act (CRCA) 2005.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is a non-ministerial department established by the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act (CRCA) 2005, which gives the legal powers and responsibilities of the department to commissioners appointed by the Queen.

Lin Homer is the Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary, responsible for delivering the departmental strategy and for the organisation’s performance. Together with the Executive Committee, the Chief Executive is responsible for running HMRC.

Ian Barlow is the Lead Non-Executive and chairs the HMRC Board.

Together with the Board, the Lead Non-Executive provides challenge and advice to the Chief Executive and the executive team on the design of HMRC’s strategy and on its implementation, including reviewing and challenging performance against the department’s business plan.

HMRC’s organisation chart

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees and assures all of HMRC’s work and is responsible for setting and delivering strategy. It is the department’s main executive forum and the primary place in which commissioners make their decisions. Individual committee members have portfolios of responsibility that span each line of HMRC business and corporate service function.

The Executive Committee meets in three different forms each month:

  • Executive Committee
  • Executive Committee (Performance)
  • Executive Committee (Transformation)

The Executive Committee is additionally supported by three sub-committees:

  • People Matters Committee
  • Portfolio Delivery Board
  • Investment Committee.

Executive Committee minutes

Executive Committee Minutes March 2014

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Executive Committee Minutes February 2014

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Executive Committee Minutes January 2014

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Executive Committee Minutes December 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes November 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes October 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes September 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes August 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes July 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes June 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes May 2013

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Executive Committee Minutes April 2013

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HMRC Board minutes

HMRC Board Minutes March 2014

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HMRC Board Minutes January 2014

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HMRC Board Minutes November 2013

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HMRC Board Minutes September 2013

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HMRC Board Minutes July 2013

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HMRC Board Minutes May 2013

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For previous minutes, please go to the National Archives.

Executive Committee (Performance)

The Executive Committee also meets as Executive Committee (Performance) to oversee the department’s performance, both in terms of immediate and future objectives. Within a dedicated performance hub, displaying performance indicators agreed by the committee, it analyses HMRC performance against targets and considers ways to improve performance in all areas, including both customer service and value for money.

Executive Committee (Transformation)

The future model for HMRC will require a different way of working across the traditional line of business structure. In May 2013, Executive Committee took the decision to revise the change governance model to support the department’s future direction, forming a new Executive Committee level committee – Executive Committee (Transformation), which would provide the most senior level of governance and ensure effective delivery of both the change portfolio and future strategic transformation.

Portfolio Delivery Board

This Board was established in January 2014, and reports directly to Executive Committee (Transformation). The Portfolio Delivery Board acts as an additional decision-making body, helping others to implement change, offering support and advice as well as a challenge function.

Investment Committee

Investment Committee makes investment decisions on behalf of the Executive Committee, in line with HMRC’s strategic direction and change initiatives, which cost more than £2 million, or are new or contentious.

People Matters Committee

People Matters Committee plans for three to five years ahead, in terms of how HMRC will be structured and uses its resources. it also takes decisions on delegated issues relating to people policies. The committee supports the Chief People Officer in designing and implementing an annual “One HR” work plan.