Michael Hearty, Patricia Gallan and Paul Morton will work alongside lead non-executive Mervyn Walker and existing non-executive directors Juliette Scott, Simon Ricketts and Alice Maynard, bringing their knowledge and expertise to HMRC strategy and performance discussions and providing counsel and challenge to our Executive Committee.
Michael Hearty is an experienced accountant with extensive strategic and operational leadership experience as a Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education. Michael was previously on the Board of the Welsh Government, advising the First Minister and the Finance Minister for Wales.
He is also a non-executive director or adviser with Public Health England, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System.
Michael steps up to become chair of the HMRC audit and risk committee, of which he was already a member, overseeing the financial performance and propriety of the department.
Patricia Gallan is a former senior police officer who was Assistant Commissioner Specialist Crime and Operations of the Metropolitan Police, in London, until 2018. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations – Security and Protection) and is a former Assistant Chief Constable and temporary Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.
Paul Morton was appointed Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification in March 2017. Before that he was Tax Director for RELX Group plc (formerly Reed Elsevier), the global information and analytics group, for 12 years, where he was actively engaged with the Organisation for European Co-operation and Development (OECD) and tax policy makers in the UK, US and EU on tax policy matters.
Previously, he was a tax manager and adviser at Royal Dutch Shell and worked at KPMG on international tax and insurance companies, having originally joined Inland Revenue as a tax inspector.