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One minute with ... Simon Burke

Simon Burke combines two roles at Legal & General: Group Tax Director and MD of Middle East & North Africa. In 2012 L&G won both the Taxation Award for Best In-House Tax Team and PwC’s Building Public Trust Award for Best Tax Reporting in the FTSE 100.

How did you end up in tax?

I left university in the early 80s and applied to the Civil Service Selection Board – a fiercely competitive process. They sent me to HMRC. I enjoyed my three years there and thought the training they gave was excellent. Having qualified as a tax inspector I moved to PwC. I made good friends at HMRC and am regularly in touch with some of them.

Who in tax do you most admire?
John Whiting. In just a few words he can make a complex concept understandable. It’s a rare skill.


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