Spokespeople

The CIOT's spokespeople can be contacted for media comment via the CIOT's External Relations Officer, Hamant Verma (hverma [at] ciot.org.uk or 020 7340 2702)

The Officers

The President 

John Preston
John Preston BSc, CTA (Fellow) FCA is a consultant, trustee and non-executive director. He retired from PwC in June 2014 where he was a member of the Global Tax Leadership team responsible for External Relations, Regulation and Policy. He is a former Chairman of the Institute's Examination Committee and of the Education Committee. He is also past chairman of Membership and Branches Committee and Student Conference Working Party.

 

Deputy President

Ray McCann is a partner in the Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, having formerly been a partner in a London law firm New Quadrant partners and before that an HMRC Inspector. Ray is a member of the Joint Professional Standards Committee and was Chairman of the Committee between 2013 and 2015. Ray acts for both private wealth and corporate tax clients mainly in relation to disputes with HMRC. Ray also assists Tax Help and regularly speaks at conferences and other events. Ray is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Chartered Management Institute.

 

Vice-President

Glyn Fullelove is the Group Corporate Services Director of Informa Plc (including head of tax function). He is also Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, former Chairman of the International Taxes Sub-Committee and a member of the CIOT Council. He has worked in tax for over 25 years, and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He has previously held senior finance roles at a number of UK headquartered multi-national companies, including Williams plc, Invensys plc and Misys plc. He has spoken at a number of conferences and similar events on international tax and the OECD “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” project in recent times.

 

Tax Policy Director

John Cullinane
John Cullinane has been Tax Policy Director for the Chartered Institute of Taxation since September 2015. Before that he was a senior tax partner at Deloitte for 13 years, and before that at Andersen, specialising in financial services and advice to governments. In the 1980s John was a policy adviser at the then Department of Employment, having previously studied Philosophy and Economics at Wadham College, Oxford.

John was elected President of the CIOT 2006-2007.

 

Chief Executive

Peter Fanning
Peter Fanning joined the CIOT in 2008 as its first Chief Executive following a brief secondment to the office of the permanent secretary to HM Treasury. From 2004 Peter led the transformation of the Office of Government Commerce (an independent office of HM Treasury) as Deputy Chief Executive/Director General and later Acting Chief Executive/2nd permanent secretary. He previously served as the founding Director of London’s Centre of Procurement Excellence based in the former Association of London Government, Managing Director of IPF, the commercial arm of CIPFA and Chief Executive of the 4ps, established to support Local Authorities procure through the PFI.

Peter spent over twelve years with the NatWest Group, which he left as a Director of NatWest Capital Markets in 1994 and former Head of Product Development in the Commercial Division.

Peter was Trustee and Board member of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and a former committee member of Hyde Housing Association.

 

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group

Chair

Anne Fairpo MA (Oxon) CTA (Fellow), Barrister.  Practises at Temple Tax Chambers, London. Council Member since 2008 Member of Education Committee and International Tax Sub-Committee. Member of Corporate Tax Sub-Committee. Committee member and former chairman of London Branch. Author of “Taxation of Intellectual Property”. Past President 2014-2015.

 

Technical Director

Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson is a solicitor and formerly the senior technical editor with tax publishers CCH. He writes and lectures extensively on personal tax matters.

 

 

 

 

Spokespeople

Gary Ashford

Gary is a Tax Partner at Harbottle and Lewis LLP. He was previously an inspector with the ex-Inland Revenue before joining the tax investigation group of Ernst & Young. He then was Head of Tax investigations for the Midlands at Grant Thornton, and later National Head of Tax Investigation at RSM Tenon before operating as a tax partner in the hedge fund firm, Kinetic Partners. Gary is a regular expert press contributor on tax investigation issues and is the former Chairman of the Management of Taxes Sub-Committee.

Gary sits on the Professional Standards and Management of Taxes Committees, and represents the CIOT at the Confederation Fiscale Europeen (CFE) and at the HMRC Compliance Reform Forum.

John Barnett

Solicitor and a Chartered Tax Adviser. John specialises in the interaction of personal and corporate taxes. He studied Politics and Philosophy at Christ Church, Oxford. He is a member of the Law Society's Capital Taxes Sub-Committee and chair of Bristol Law Society's Tax, Trust and Probate committee. In January 1998 he was the winner of the CIOT's Institute Medal and Butterworth Prize.

Colin Ben-Nathan

Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser working within the accountancy profession, specialising in employment taxes in UK/international context and taking a particular interest in the financial sector. Colin is Chairman of the CIOT's Employment Taxes Sub-Committee.

Mark Delaney

Chartered Tax Adviser and Chairman of the Environmental Taxes Working Group. Mark heads up Baker & McKenzie's London VAT group and is a member of Baker & McKenzie's European indirect tax steering committee, advising on a wide spectrum of UK, EU and global VAT law. He speaks regularly at UK and international conferences on international VAT issues, for example in the e-commerce, international trade and services sectors, outsourcing and the developing carbon and environmental markets. Mark studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at the University of Leeds, where he graduated in 1998. In 1996/7, Mark undertook internships with the US Democratic Party (Washington D.C.) and the UK Labour Party (Westminster).

Bill Dodwell (former President)

Bill Dodwell LL.B, LL.M CTA (Fellow) ACA is Head of Tax Policy at Deloitte. He is responsible for consultations with HM Treasury, HMRC, the OECD and the EU. He specialises in international corporate taxation. He was a member of the interim Advisory Panel on the GAAR. He represented Deloitte before the Public Accounts committee and at the European Parliament’s TAXE committee.  Bill chaired the CIOT’s Technical Committee  from 2010-16.

Peter Dylewski

Peter is Chair of the Indirect Tax Sub-Committee. He studied Modern Languages followed by European Literature at Merton College, Oxford. He moved into the Big 4 in 2001 and trained as a CTA. He has subsequently worked in-house in the City and in Ernst and Young’s Financial Services VAT Practice. He is currently Head of Indirect Tax at BNY Mellon. Peter is Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Taxation Technical Committee and is a former Chair of the Investment Association VAT Committee and the London Investment Banking Association VAT Committee.

 

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is the Director of Tax Markets at LexisNexis and as such has overall responsibility for everything the company delivers under the eminent Tolley brand. He chairs the CIOT’s Communications and Brand Management Committee and has a keen interest in promoting the public understanding of the tax system. He is also a well-known name on the CPD lecturing circuit. Chris was the former CIOT President from 2015-2016.

Moira Kelly

Moira Kelly is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant, working for Anderson Anderson & Brown in Aberdeen and specialising in innovations tax reliefs and not for profit organisations. Moira is chair of the Scottish Technical Committee.

John Lindsay

Chairman of the CIOT’s Corporate Taxes Sub-Committee. He is a Consultant with Linklaters LLP; has extensive experience advising on corporate tax matters and specialises in the tax treatment of financing transactions.

Malachy McLernon

Malachy is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a Chartered Tax Adviser. He is an equity director in all Ireland based firm PKF-FPM Limited and is the current Chairman on the Northern Ireland Branch of the CIOT. He has over 17 years experience advising a broad range of private sector business's and their stakeholders to structure their tax affairs in an efficient and practical way. He helps businesses and their stakeholders add value by making better informed business decisions.

Aparna Nathan

Specialises in revenue law with an emphasis on litigation at all levels, tax planning using offshore structures for high net worth individuals, non-residents and non-domicilaries; corporate reconstructions and reorganisations; tax planning for entrepreneurs.

She co-authored McCutcheon on Inheritance Tax (6th ed.) with Marika Lemos and Withers. She contributes to Mellows: Taxation of Executors and Trustees (chapter on “Trusts with a Foreign Element”). Aparna also co-authored the 8th edition of “Offshore Business Centres”, which was published in 2008. She is also a regular contributor to technical journals and lectures extensively to professionals.

She is the Chair of the Capital Gains Tax Sub-Committe and a Member of the Succession Taxes Sub-Committee at the CIOT. She is Honourary Secretary of the Addington Society and is a member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers.

Jon Preshaw

Jon leads PwC's Tax Dispute Resolution practice in Scotland. He spent 8 years with HMRC as a tax inspector, the most significant portion of which was spent working as a specialist investigator and as a team dealing with larger and more complex tax fraud and tax avoidance cases. 

Since joining the PwC Jon has worked with a very wide range of clients to assist them in managing disputes with HMRC and with managing the tax risks in their businesses. This involves both the proactive management of risk, by identifying and helping to mitigate tax risks, and assistance in dealing with challenges from the tax authorities.

Tina Riches

Tina Riches is the National Tax Partner at Smith & Williamson LLP. She has responsibility for tax media work, tax risk and quality control and also disseminating tax information across the Smith & Williamson group.

She was previously technical director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and has participated in various HMRC consultative committees. Tina currently chairs the CIOT’s OMB technical sub-committee, and is a member of its technical committee, digital working group and the joint standards committee of the CIOT and ATT. 

Adrian Rudd

Is a Barrister, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. Adrian is Tax Director specialising in corporate tax, and is particularly interested in property transactions, REITS, partnerships, capital gains tax, capital allowances, international tax, European law and stamp duties. Adrian regularly writes and lectures about tax. He is former Chairman of the Institute's Corporate Tax Sub-Committee and current Vice-Chairman of Chartered Institute of Taxation's Technical Committee.

Brian Slater

Chairman of the CIOT’s Property Taxes Sub-Committee. Brian is a tax specialist within the Corporate Department. He specialises in commercial tax advice with particular focus on company transactions and reconstructions, employee share incentives and commercial property transactions including Value Added Tax and Stamp Duty Land Tax. 
Brian also specialises in UK non-domiciliaries, particularly those with business interests in the UK and in negotiations and settlement of serious HMRC investigations, with a particular view to avoiding prosecution.

Joy Svasti-Salee

Joy is an international tax law specialist.  After a career in practice in three of the big six accountancy firms, including a period of over 10 years as partner in charge of KPMG UK’s international tax practice, she is now a visiting professorial fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Joy is also Chair of the International Taxes Sub-Committee.

Anthony Thomas 

Anthony Thomas has been in tax practice with Thomas & Company, a firm of tax advisers based in Coventry, for more than 30 years. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1979 and became a member of the Institute of Taxation in 1980, setting up practice dealing mainly with the taxation aspects of smaller business and the professions.

He joined the Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 2003, having already sat on the Council of the Assocation of Taxation Technicians, being the president in 2002/03. He is a past chairman of the joint CIOT/ATT Standards Committee, past member of the joint Audit Committee and past chairman of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.

He is also a past Treasurer of the CIOT and past chairman of the Birmingham Branch committee. Elected Vice President of the CIOT in 2009 he became Deputy President in 2010 and served his one year term as President from May 2011.

Anthony joined the General Assembly of the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne (CEF) in 2008, having an interest in European tax issues, particularly relating to professionals standards and ethics. Prior to joining the ATT and CIOT councils, he was a member of the Council of the ACCA, having chaired their investigations and membership committees, and the representative member of the AAT Council.

Outside interests consist of skiing, music and travel.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams, chairman of the CIOT’s Succession Taxes sub-committee, is a senior manager and Private Client Technical Officer of Mazars LLP, based in Liverpool. He is also a respected writer under the “taXwords” brand, co-editing Bloomsbury’s CGT reliefs for SMEs, updating chapters of Sumption on capital gains tax and contributing articles to tax journals.

Chris went over the wall from the Inland Revenue in the mid 1980s as part of a long-term plan to escape from London, initially with smaller firms and subsequently in the mid-tier with BDO Stoy Hayward, PKF and Baker Tilly.

His main recreational interests are crosswords (regular Times Championship top 20 finisher), rugby (preferably Welsh) and motorcycling (preferably on a Ducati).

Jeremy Woolf

Barrister practicing in all areas of tax including negligence and judicial review proceedings raising tax issues. Among the areas that particularly interest him are European Community and human rights law. He has been appointed the Chartered Institute of Taxes' representative on the indirect tax sub-committee of the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne. He is also former Vice-Chairman of the Institute's VAT and Indirect Taxes Sub-Committee, Chairman of the European and Human Rights Law Sub-Committee and a fellow of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. He is a member of the editorial board of Simons' Taxes, co-author of "Zamir and Woolf: The Declaratory Judgment" and a contributor to "Civil Appeals" and "Potter & Monroe's Tax Planning" a former contributor to De Smith's Judicial Review and to the De Voil's Indirect Tax Service.

Press Office

Head of External Relations - George Crozier

George Crozier is External Relations Manager for the Chartered Institute of Taxation, for the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT, the CIOT's sister body) and for the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG, an initiative of the CIOT). He manages the Institute's relations with the media as well as with politicians, opinion formers and other relevant bodies. He has worked for the Institute since 2009, having previously worked as a speechwriter and heading up the Political Communications Unit of a major political party.

External Relations Officer - Hamant Verma

Hamant Verma is a former editor of Eastern Eye, for many years part of the biggest ethnic media group in Europe. He has worked as a journalist at mainstream local, regional and national outlets across print and broadcast media. He has worked in public relations for a local authority, a trade union, and two regulators and at Social Enterprise UK.

Media enquiries for the CIOT should be directed to George at gcrozier [at] ciot.org.uk on 020 7340 0569 or Hamant hverma [at] ciot.org.uk on 020 7340 2702.