Dorothy Brown, Director of Operations, Personal Tax, HM Revenue and Customs made a CBE on the 2016 New Year's Honours List

Former Ss Peter and Paul Yeadon and St. Mary's Menston pupil honoured for services to taxpayers

Photo: Dorothy Marie Brown CBE

Photo: Dorothy Marie Brown CBE


It gives The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust great pleasure to announce that Dorothy Marie Brown (formerly Dunne), Director of Operations, Personal Tax, HM Revenue and Customs was made a CBE on the 2016 New Year's Honours List.

Dorothy was born in 1961 and grew up in Yeadon, and went to Ss. Peter and Paul’s and St. Mary’s Menston. She left St. Mary’s in the summer of 1979 (it was only the third year of Sixth Form at St. Mary’s).

Her first job was at Bradford County Court as a court clerk and she progressed through various roles within the Court Service and lately HMRC to be Acting Chief People Officer for HMRC, and her current role is as Director of Operations for Personal Tax in HMRC. Dorothy leads the operation that collects personal tax in the UK and manages nearly 20,000 staff.

The honour is in recognition of Dorothy’s contribution to both the Court Service and HMRC where she has held a number of senior roles. Using the experience and knowledge gained in her Public Service roles Dorothy is also involved with other organisations on a voluntary basis. She actively supports a community trust in Brixton, South London, which works to improve the learning and day to day experiences of vulnerable adults. She is also on the board of a charity called Phoenix Futures, an organisation that helps offenders and other people who are victims of drug and alcohol abuse.

Dorothy met her husband Simon at St. Mary’s and they have 2 daughters, Julia and Abigail, both of whom went to Ss. Peter and Paul’s and St. Mary’s. Julia graduated from the University of Westminster with a First Class Honours Degree in Film and Television production, and her current role is as a Film Analyst for the BFI in London. Abigail is currently in Year 13 and aims to go to University after completing her A-levels this year. 

Dorothy is a great example of someone who came from an ordinary home, who had the benefit of a Catholic education, and went on to use what she had learned to its full potential. Dorothy recognises the strong educational foundation that St. Mary’s provided her with and is proud that she and all her family are alumni of such a good school.

Hopefully, we will be able to show photos when Dorothy is presented with the CBE award at Buckingham Palace!

The Order of the British Empire was instituted by King George V on 4 June 1917 and is conferred for important services rendered to the Crown. It is awarded to both men and women.