Ex-HMRC chief Lin Homer appointed to ICAS Council

Dame Lin Homer, who left her position as head of HMRC a year ago, is to join the ICAS council as a public interest member for a four-year term, the Scottish institute has announced

Public interest members serve as full members of the council and have equal voting rights with the CA members. In addition to serving on council from 28 April, Homer will sit on some of the other council committees, and ICAS operational boards.  

Homer, who succeeds Judith Sischy, will be joining incumbent public interest members, Robert Black and Rhona Brankin; and Colin McClatchie who was appointed on 1 January 2017.

A qualified lawyer with many years’ experience as a chief executive in local and central government, Homer was chief executive of HMRC from 2012-2016, where she oversaw the tax authority’s digital transformation strategy.

Since leaving the tax authority, Homer has taken up an unpaid role on the governing body of the University of Birmingham, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2013, and now the position with ICAS.

Homer said: ‘My role is to ensure that ICAS fulfils its public interest responsibilities as set out in its Royal Charter.

‘I will strive to ensure that the public interest remains at the heart of ICAS’ activities.

‘During my time with HMRC I worked closely with all the accountancy bodies, including ICAS, and I look forward to working with members again to uphold the Institutes’ standards and values.’

ICAS chief executive, Anton Colella, said: ‘Dame Lin’s clear understanding and commitment to the safeguarding of the public interest will ensure that the interests of members and the public are kept at the forefront of our strategy and operations.

‘We look forward to Dame Lin’s contribution on council. Her perspective, skills and experience will be of great value.’

Homer was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List. Her stint leading the tax authority was controversial and attracted heavy criticism, particularly over its effectiveness in its attempts to curb tax avoidance.

She was called before the Public Accounts Committee on a regular basis, not only to defend HMRC but also to explain some of the more questionable tax arrangements made with companies, global profit shifting and the Swiss private accounts leaks. 

Upon her departure from HMRC, Homer received a £2.4m pension pot following years working in the Civil Service, including spells with the Home Office and the Department of Transport.

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