Anthony Battishill

Sir Anthony Michael William Battishill GCB (born 4 July 1937) is a former British senior civil servant. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue from 1986 to 1997.

Battishill was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1989 New Year Honours.[1] He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in the 1997 New Year Honours.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 51578". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1988. p. 3.
  2. ^ "No. 54625". The London Gazette. 30 December 1996. p. 3.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Lawrence Airey
Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue
Succeeded by
Sir Nicholas Montagu

Battishill may refer to:

Jonathan Battishill (1738–1801), English composer, keyboard player, and concert tenor

Sir Anthony Battishill (born 1937), Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue (UK), see 1997 New Year Honours

Hele's School, Exeter

Hele's School was a boys' grammar school, and latterly a comprehensive school, in the city of Exeter, Devon, England.

List of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

This is an incomplete list of those who were made Knights/Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath from the date of the Order's structural change by the Prince Regent on behalf of his father, King George III, on 2 January 1815. Knights/Dames Grand Cross use the post-nominal GCB. Those Knights living at the time of the reorganisation of the Order automatically became Knights Grand Cross, with the post-nominal GCB.

Nicholas Montagu

Sir Nicholas Lionel John Montagu KCB (born 12 March 1944) is a retired British Civil Servant. He was Chairman of the Inland Revenue from 1997 to 2004, before its merger with Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to create Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in 2005.Nick Montagu was educated at Rugby School and New College, Oxford, where he was Secretary of the Oxford Union, President of New College Junior Common Room and obtained a double First in classics, ancient history and philosophy. Whilst at New College, he was a member of the team that won the second series of University Challenge. Immediately after leaving Oxford in 1966, he became a lecturer in philosophy at Reading University, remaining there until 1974, when he joined the UK Civil Service as a Direct Entry Principal.

Montagu served over the next 30 years in a number of government Departments, including Health and Social Security, the Cabinet Office, Transport and Social Security. He was involved, as a civil servant, in a number of key policies for both Labour and Conservative governments, including the establishment of executive agencies, major pension reforms and the privatisation of the railway. In 1997 he was appointed Chairman of the Inland Revenue through an open competition.

Over the next seven years, Montagu led the Inland Revenue through the greatest changes in its history, as it became a social department responsible for paying out what had previously been social security benefits and led the rest of Whitehall in the development of electronic services. He changed the culture of the Department, making it more outward-facing and responsive to its customers, and took a particular interest in diversity, for which he was appointed the Civil Service Diversity Champion. Montagu also chaired the Civil Service Benevolent Fund.During his time the Revenue won numerous awards for its achievements in this field. In his last year as Chairman, Montagu became embroiled in two controversies, the first when the systems installed by IT firm EDS for the new tax credits system failed to work (EDS subsequently paid nearly £100m compensation for this failure [1]), and the second over the joint sale, with Customs, of the Revenue's estate to a company headquartered in Bermuda. This decision, required by the Treasury as part of the 1998 public spending settlement, was based on legal advice that to have excluded the company would have been illegal under European law; it was subsequently described by the National Audit Office as a model for other departments and a commercially sound deal ["PFI: the STEPS Deal" HC: 530 2003-2004 ISBN 0102928045].

Since retiring in 2004, Montagu has been associated with a number of commercial activities, mainly in the pensions and insurance field and on PricewaterhouseCoopers' Advisory Board, and with higher education. He also developed and facilitated governance workshops for Ministers and civil servants in a number of developing countries. He is currently (since February 2012) Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service, Chairman of Council at Queen Mary, University of London (since August 2009), and was previously Chair of the Committee of University Chairs (from 2011 -2014).

Order of the Bath

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath) is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not (as is commonly believed) revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.The Order consists of the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II), the Great Master (currently Charles, Prince of Wales, and three Classes of members:

Knight Grand Cross (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB)

Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB)

Companion (CB)Members belong to either the Civil or the Military Division. Prior to 1815, the order had only a single class, Knight Companion (KB), which no longer exists. Recipients of the Order are now usually senior military officers or senior civil servants. Commonwealth citizens who are not subjects of the Queen and foreign nationals may be made Honorary Members.The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry, after The Most Noble Order of the Garter, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, and The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick (dormant).


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