Tax staff awarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Senior tax collectors have picked up gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours while a Treasury permanent secretary is knighted and a number of accountants have been recognised for their contributions to mental health and communities

Former Deloitte partner and mental health adviser, John Binns FCA, has been awarded an MBE for his services to mental health in the Queen’s birthday honours list. He is currently the mental health and personal resilience adviser to Deloitte, having retired from the partnership in 2013.

Asif Sadiq, a diversity and inclusion assistant director at EY, has also received an MBE, for his contribution to policing and the communities in London. Before joining EY, he was head of equality, diversity and human rights at the City of London Police, where he helped to drive the recruitment, retention and progression of BME officers and staff, as part of a UK committee, and improve police engagement with the diverse communities it serves.

There were also OBEs for a number of financial leaders, including Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust director of finance Thomas Whitfield for services to the NHS; Philippa Hilary Jane Todd, senior fiscal analyst at the Office for Budget Responsibility, for services to public finances and transparency; David Warren Godfrey for services to the British export economy and charity finance, and also for chartered accountant Sultan Ahmed Choudhury, CEO of Al Rayan Bank, for services to the UK market for Islamic finance.

Thomas Scholar, permanent secretary at the Treasury, has been knighted for public service. He replaced Sir Nick Macpherson last year, moving from his role as then PM’s David Cameron’s adviser on European and global issues. He initially joined the Treasury in 1992 and went on to hold various roles covering economic forecasting, general expenditure policy, foreign exchange reserves and banking supervision. In 2001 he went to Washington as UK executive director at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and minister (economic) at the British Embassy. Since returning to the UK in 2007 he has held various senior roles in the Treasury.

Five HMRC staff have picked up honours including Janet Mary Aiston, director in the wealthy and mid-sized business compliance unit at HMRC, who has been named a Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to taxpayers and tax collection.

Also at HMRC, Euan Stewart is made a CBE, for services to protecting tax revenue as head of intelligence at HMRC. John Archbold, programme manager in Liverpool, is made OBE for services to digital innovation and the community in Merseyside and David Stewart, a business unit head, has been awarded an OBE for services to the promotion of investment in Northern Ireland. Sean Connolly, an HMRC intelligence analyst, has been made MBE for services to innovation and tackling organised crime.

Over 1,000 people were honoured this year with 50% of awards being given to women and 10% of the successful candidates came from a BAME background, the greatest ever number of BAME recipients in an Honours List.

See the full Birthday Honours List here 

Report by Kevin Reed, additional reporting by Sara White, Philip Smith

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