HMRC’s Homer leads public sector New Year honours

4 Jan 16

Lin Homer, the chief executive and permanent secretary at HM Revenue & Customs, has been made a dame in the New Year honours in recognition for her service to public finance.

Homer was one of several senior Whitehall figures to be recognised for their public service. Others include Robert Devereux, permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, and Robert Stheeman, chief executive of the government’s Debt Management Office, who were both knighted. Paul Grice, clerk and chief executive of the Scottish Parliament, was also knighted.

In local government, prominent figures to be honoured included Peter Fleming, leader of Sevenoaks District Council and chair of the Local Government Association’s improvement board, who received the OBE. An OBE was also awarded to CIPFA member Lynn Brown, executive director for financial services at Glasgow City Council and to Malcolm Morley, chief executive of Harlow Council.

In the NHS, there was an OBE for Lorraine Bewes, chief financial officer at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, for her services to NHS financial management.

Jane Tomkinson, chief executive of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a CIPFA member, also received an OBE for services to NHS financial management.

Michael Whitehouse, the chief operating officer at the National Audit Office and also a member of CIPFA, received an OBE for services to public sector audit.

Knighthoods were awarded to the philanthropist Clive Cowdery, who founded the Resolution Foundation think-tank, and to Michael Jacobs, an infectious diseases doctor at the Royal Free in London for his work caring for Ebola patients.

The full list of honours can be viewed here.

  • Vivienne Russell

    Vivienne Russell is managing editor of Public Finance magazine and

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