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David Varney

Business warns of daunting task

He follows Paul Gray, a respected civil servant who left after the Revenue's embarrassing loss of the personal details of 25m child benefit claimants last autumn. Sir David Varney, a former Shell executive, was Mr Gray's predecessor for two years until August 2006.

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Sunday Telegraph: Varney turns gamekeeper

Sunday Telegraph: Varney turns gamekeeper: “made his reputation at Shell”

(Filed: 18/07/2004)

David Varney, who will run the Government’s new Revenue and Customs agency, tells Robert Watts how he plans to axe 12,500 taxmen

‘It’s not the money, it’s the challenge.” How often have you heard that from a business grandee paid cash by the truckload? But it’s slightly harder to dispute this claim when made by David Varney, the outgoing chairman of MMO2, the mobile phone operator, who made his reputation at Shell and then at British Gas.

In a little over six weeks, Varney will take a £200,000 pay cut, leave the private sector and begin life as one of Britain’s most pressurised civil servants. read more

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