Former HMRC chair takes Serco post

FORMER HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS CHAIR Mike Clasper has taken a non-executive directorship with international service company Serco, effective immediately.

Clasper chaired HMRC between 2008 and 2012, but despite aiming to restore the public’s faith in the taxman – following a 2007 security scare when an unencrypted disc containing a list of child benefit recipients was lost – he found himself apologising for the treatment of taxpayers. This came after criticism from the Treasury’s select committee in July 2011.

In its report at the time, MPs highlighted bad management, demoralised staff, excessive job cuts and increasingly complex tax laws, which led to the apology.

Prior to Clasper’s stint with HMRC, he was group chief executive of BAA between 2003 and 2000. He is currently chairman of Coats, the industrial thread and textile crafts business, and publisher Which? as well as a non-executive director of Guinness Peat .

He was previously senior independent director at ITV from which he stepped down on 31 December 2013 after eight years’ service on the board. He has also been appointed president-elect of the Chartered Management Institute where he will succeed the current president in October 2014.

Non-executive chairman at Serco, Alastair Lyons said: “I am delighted that we have secured the services of three individuals who bring a broad range of skills and experience to complement Serco’s current non-executive directors.

“Each has a great track-record in their particular field of expertise and will add much to the debate around our board table.”

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