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HMRC’s ‘external engagement’ awards

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HMRC announced the winners of its External Engagement awards, presented by David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, at 11 Downing Street on 16 November.

The winners included Rebecca Benneyworth, in recognition of her work for AccountingWeb in support of HMRC’s consultation on its future relationship with tax agents. Benneyworth is the Editor of Tax Adviser, published by LexisNexis.

The other winners were:

  • Sarah Gillett, UK Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, for her ‘pivotal role as part of the UK team negotiating with the Swiss Government to seek ways to increase tax transparency for UK taxpayers, including the recent tax agreement’;
  • Paddy Millard – retired Chief Executive Officer of Tax Help for Older People – for ‘supporting HMRC with specialist advice about customers on low incomes, in particular his work on security and disclosure constraints’; and
  • Mike Sufrin – retired Director of Tax, Rolls Royce – for ‘his commitment in working with HMRC to improve clarity and customer focus in Large Business, in particular his significant contribution to the development and implementation of the Senior Accounting Officer and the Large Business Transformation programme’.

The awards are in their second year. In December 2010 they were billed as ‘the first ever tax transparency awards’.