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Press watch: Lesley Strathie

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The Times has an obituary of Dame Lesley Strathie, who died earlier this month. Strathie was forced to step down as HMRC’s Chief Executive in November because of illness. She was appointed to the role in 2008:

‘There was no denying this was a tough brief: intense and hostile media criticism; low staff engagement; and an ambitious modernisation programme to deliver. Typically she addressed the challenges at HMRC head on, building a leadership team, establishing a vision and business strategy for the organisation and modernising the underlying systems while engaging and inspiring her people.

‘During her time as Chief Executive Lesley Strathie laid the foundations for success, leading the transition to a new PAYE service and a Spending Review settlement that saw more than £900m reinvested to tackle avoidance, evasion and criminal attacks. She was a stout defender of her staff and their hard work and professionalism, often in very difficult circumstances, for example at numerous parliamentary hearings and on the BBC’s Watchdog.

‘She was passionate about opening up opportunities for her people through new roles, training and development, and promotion — all of which became possible because of the investment she secured. The changes that Strathie set in train undoubtedly paved the way both for major improvements in HMRC’s services to customers and the record revenues that it is bringing in today.’

The Times, 25 January 2012