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Simon York CBE

Director, Fraud Investigation Service - HM Revenue & Customs

Simon has worked in tax for his whole career. Beginning as a tax professional, he then worked as a caseworker/investigator, before managing increasingly large groups of compliance and enforcement professionals. Over the last decade he has worked mostly in the law enforcement and intelligence end of HMRC.

Simon is currently Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Chief Investigation Officer and Director of HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service which deploys a wide range of techniques, capabilities and powers (including criminal investigations) to tackle serious tax fraud and money laundering. The role involves working closely with diverse areas of HMRC and with other law enforcement agencies in the UK and internationally.

Simon is proud to have recently founded the ‘J5’, the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, which is an operational alliance to tackle those who support international tax crime. All of this contributes to protecting billions of pounds to help fund UK public services and, more widely, to justice and fairness