This year's External Engagement Awards were presented last night at 11 Downing Street to:
* Sarah Gillett – UK Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein – for her pivotal role as part of the UK team negotiating with the Swiss Government to seek ways to increase tax transparency for UK taxpayers, including the recent tax agreement.
* Paddy Millard – retired Chief Executive Officer of Tax Help for Older People (TOP) – for supporting HMRC with specialist advice about customers on low incomes, in particular his work on security and disclosure constraints.
* Rebecca Benneyworth – a fellow contributing editor of mine at Accounting Web – for her work in supporting HMRC’s consultation exercise on the future relationship with the tax agent community.
* Mike Sufrin – recently retired Head of Tax at Rolls Royce – for his commitment in working with HMRC to improve clarity and customer focus in Large Business, in particular his significant contribution to the development and implementation of the Senior Accounting Officer and the Large Business Transformation programme.