Dave Hartnett spent more than 36 years in the Inland Revenue/HMRC, during which time he filled a number of leadership roles and for more than 12 years was the most senior tax professional in the UK tax administration, receiving the personal appointment as Permanent Secretary for Tax in 2008.
He led various studies for the UK and OECD and took a keen interest in helping the tax administrations of less developed countries grow their capacity. He was a member of the Council of Birmingham University where he chaired the Audit Committee for a number of years.
After retiring from HMRC in 2012, Dave Hartnett became an adviser to the board of HSBC on money laundering and tax risk in 2013. He was also a director of HSBC Turkey. Also in 2013, he began to advise the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on various projects in less developed countries, which is a continuing role. He is a non-executive director of a US tax charity and a trustee of several UK charities.