Headlines: December 17th, 1997

Veronica Lowe, Chief Executive of the Valuation Office Agency has resigned after 18 months in the post. She took over leadership of the agency in June 1996 following open competition.She is succeeded by Michael Johns, 51, who is currently acting as Director General (Operations) in the Inland Revenue. He has spent most of his career in the Inland Revenue, but with a year in the Central Policy Review Staff in the Cabinet Office in 1979/80 and a year on secondment to the Orion Royal Bank (the then merchant banking subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada) in 1985. He has worked in a variety of tax policy and management jobs. As acting Director General (Operations) he is responsible for managing the 40,000 staff in local and specialist offices responsible for the assessment and collection of tax.

Geoffrey Bush, 55, currently Director General (Planning and Resources) in the Inland Revenue, succeeds Michael Johns as Director General (Operations). He joined the Department as a teenager. He became an Inspector of Taxes in 1968, and has since worked in a variety of tax policy, specialist and operational posts. For the last three and a half years he has been responsible at Board level for strategic issues covering finance, human resources, business systems, information technology and planning.