Suffolk: New job for former county council chief

FORMER Suffolk County Council chief executive Lin Homer has another top job in Whitehall.

She has taken over as chief executive of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – just as the organisation is coming under the spotlight for the way it has worked with big business.

Mrs Homer, who still has a home in Suffolk, is used to high-profile jobs in Whitehall. She helped set up the UK Border Agency and was its first chief executive.

That is now being dismantled by Home Secretary Theresa May following a number of high-profile problems. Mrs Homer left the UKBA in 2010 to become permanent secretary at the Department for Transport.

On her appointment to her new job, Mrs Homer said: “I am delighted and honoured to be joining HMRC at this time.

“The department has achieved a great deal in recent years and I want to anchor those achievements, continue the drive for better customer service and sustainable cost reductions while bringing in more tax revenues for the country.”

Her first high-profile job was at Suffolk County Council where she spent four years from 1998.

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She was appointed by then-leader Chris Mole, before he went on to become MP for Ipswich.

He said: “My view is that Lin Homer was one of the most forward-thinking and inspirational chief executives that Suffolk has ever had.

“I am not surprised that she has gone on to have an impressive career in Whitehall.”

Mrs Homer left Suffolk in 2002 to become chief executive of Birmingham City Council, England’s largest council.

While there she was caught up in a controversy over ballot papers at a local election, but she moved to her first Whitehall job in 2005.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said: “I welcome Lin Homer’s appointment and am delighted that we will continue to have a strong team at HMRC.”