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Head of HMRC’s RTI programme leaves his job

November 15, 2012


Mark Holden, HMRC’s Real Time Information (RTI) programme director has left his job at HM Revenue & Customs just four and a half months before RTI launches.

He is the latest senior figure responsible for RTI to have left HMRC. HMRC says he is moving to New Zealand with his family but that RTI is “in good shape”. His departure which was not previously publicised follows the retirement earlier this summer of Stephen Banyard, HMRC’s Head of Personal Tax who previously had overall responsibility for the introduction of RTI. Stephen Banyard was replaced by Ruth Owen from the DWP.

An HMRC spokeswoman said: “Mark is replaced by Suzanne Newton, who will move seamlessly into the role having been deputising for Mark as part of our succession plans for this important programme. She has worked on RTI since September 2011 and has a wealth of experience in high profile change programmes.

“Mark leaves the programme in good shape, and at logical stage in its timeline, following the preparations for the pilot’s third stage and well ahead of our main migration in April.”

There have also been senior departures from DWP which is responsible for the introduction of Universal Credit in October 2013:  Earlier this month Malcolm Whitehouse left his role as DWP programme director for Universal Credit to be replaced by benefits director Hilary Reynolds.

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