Both he and Paul Caldwell have worked hard to achieve a strong recovery from the challenges of the first year of this new system.“The agency remains fully focussed on paying all remaining eligible claims as quickly as possible including those outstanding from 2015.”Grimshaw vows to deliver far better service for farm payments Agency chief will have ‘feet held to the fire’ over farmers’ payments RPA exceeds 90 per cent farm payments target RPA pays 93 per cent of farmers ahead of schedule Clare Moriarty, Defra’s permanent secretary, added: “Mark Grimshaw has achieved a huge amount at the Rural Payments Agency and helped deliver substantial improvements in performance for the benefit of our farmers and rural communities.“Under Mark’s leadership, the RPA has come through a significant transformation including the challenge of introducing the Rural Payments online service and the new Basic Payment Scheme.“Paul will ensure that the focus continues to be on delivering remaining payments to all eligible claimants as soon as possible.
The RPA has a very experienced leadership team in place who will continue to lead the Agency after Mark’s departure and provide continuity for everyone who uses the Agency’s services.”In a statement, the outgoing chief Mr Grimshaw commented: “It has been a great privilege to have led the RPA and its exceptional people through some major changes.“Together we created and delivered an ambitious Five Year plan, getting the Agency in the great shape it is today.
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Given the gale he had to sail through, Mark has captained the RPA ship well to the point it now seems on an even keel. Formerly Chair, Joint Intelligence Committee, Cabinet Office. His shock departure comes just months after he told a watchdog committee of MPs that he remained the right man to lead the Agency.His vow came at the end of a turbulent first year of the revised EU Basic Payment subsidy scheme in which IT problems led to hardship for farmers who were subsequently made to wait months for their claims to be settled, and even then with differing degrees of accuracy. Founder and chief executive Officer REAch2, and Executive Headteacher, Hillyfield Primary Academy, London Borough of Waltham Forest. For services to Scientific Advice in Government and Science Outreach.
For services to the Voluntary and Charitable Sectors particularly the Hospice Movement. Regius Professor of Engineering, Cambridge University Engineering Department. Mr Smith said: “The chequered delivery of BPS payments over the last two years has not been an easy time for our members, NFU staff or the RPA.During that time we were always mindful that the RPA were not the architects of the IT meltdown in the spring of 2015 that lay at the root of the problems.Mr Caldwell said: “I am proud to have the opportunity to lead the Agency and recognise how important our work is to support our world-leading food and farming industry.“That is why our priority is to ensure that remaining BPS payments are made to all eligible farmers as soon as possible and that we continue to deliver the other 40-plus schemes and services we administer.”The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) said it was sorry to hear of Mr Grimshaw’s departure.TFA chief executive George Dunn said “The RPA has come in for a considerable amount of criticism about the way in which it has handled the implementation of the Basic Payment Scheme. For services to the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.