HMRC boss Jim Harra knighted in King’s honours list

HMRC boss Jim Harra knighted in King’s honours list

Jun 22, 2024


The King’s birthday honours list brings news that the head of HMRC has been given a knighthood for public service as he wrestles with record poor service levels at the tax authority

Jim Harra, chief executive and first permanent secretary at HMRC, has been knighted as he received a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, otherwise known as a KB, for public service in the King’s Birthday Honours.

This award for Harra is one of the highest honours in the land and goes to senior civil servants and members of the military ‘for exemplary service’.

Harra said: ‘I have always been incredibly proud of the work HMRC does to support UK taxpayers and to collect the money which pays for vital public services.

‘This recognition is very much a result of the collective hard work of everyone at HMRC – and I am truly honoured to receive it, in what is my 40th year anniversary with the department.’

Also at HMRC, Alan Evans, director general and general counsel, legal group, who leads the litigation team, is given a Companion of the Order of the Bath honour for services to the government legal profession, to tax and to diversity.

ICAEW’s former chief executive, Michael Izza has been appointed CBE for his services to accounting, audit and sustainability.

Izza said: ‘I feel very honoured to have been appointed CBE by HM The King. It was a huge privilege to represent my profession as ICAEW chief executive for so many years, and I am proud of what we achieved together, especially with regard to the vital role that chartered accountants will play in the transition to sustainable economies around the world.’

A CBE has been given to Helen Stephenson, CEO of the Charity Commission, for services to charity and to regulation, who is stepping down in July after seven years in the top job at the charity regulator.

Mark Tucker, chair of HSBC, is knighted for services to the economy, as is the last Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons for services to the financial sector, growth economy and financial literacy.

Penny Brockman, finance director at Mountain Rescue England and Wales, has received a CBE for services to mountain rescue. She is also chair and former team leader of Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, originally trained at BDO and is a member of ICAEW.

Corinne Roxanne Tanner, senior audit manager and co-chair, ethnic minority network at National Audit Office is given an MBE for services to public sector audit.

Also receiving an MBE is Archana Rao Dannamaneni from HMRC’s customer compliance group, for services to tax compliance.

Meanwhile, BeeBee Rashida Giddings, higher officer at HMRC is given a medallist of the order of the British empire award for public service.