19 Apr 2021

The CIOT's spokespeople can be contacted for media comment via the CIOT's External Relations Team 

Officers and Senior staff

Peter Rayney, President

CTA (Fellow), FCA TEP. Principal at Peter Rayney Tax Consulting. Council Member since 2016.  Previously at BDO LLP. Chair of Education Committee and member of Capital Taxes Sub-Committee. Mid-Anglia Branch Vice-Chair. Past CIOT examiner. Previously chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty’s Tax Technical Committee.

Areas of expertise:

  • Corporate reorganisations
  • Company sale structuring
  • Owner managed business taxation

Susan Ball, Deputy President

CTA (Fellow), ATT. Tax Partner, RSM.  Council member since 2017.  Member of Employment Taxes Sub-Committee. Past Joint Chair and founder member of the CIOT/ATT Suffolk Branch. Writes and lectures on employment tax and NIC.

Areas of expertise:

  • Employment taxes
  • PAYE and National Insurance

Gary Ashford, Vice President

CTA (Fellow), ATT. Partner (non-lawyer), Harbottle and Lewis LLP. Council Member since 2011. Member of Management of Taxes, Professional Standards, European Branch and the Birmingham & West Midlands Branch Committees. Vice President of CFE Executive Board, CIOT representative at CFE Professional Affairs Committee.  Formerly an HMRC Tax Inspector.

Areas of expertise:

  • Dispute resolution and serious tax investigations
  • International personal taxes
  • International corporate taxes

Glyn Fullelove, Immediate Past President

BA (Hons), CTA (Fellow), ACA. Council member since 2014. Senior technical writer, Croner-i. Former chair Technical Committee.  Former Group Corporate Services director, Informa PLC and previously held senior finance roles at UK multi-nationals including Williams plc, Invensys plc and Misys plc.

Areas of expertise:

  • International corporate taxes
  • Digital taxes
  • M&A Taxation
  • Treasury Taxation
  • Tax Risk Management

Helen Whiteman – Chief Executive

Helen Whiteman joined the CIOT in September 2019 following being Chief Executive of CILEx Regulation Limited, a role she held since 2015.

Helen Whiteman | LinkedIn

John Cullinane – Director of Public Policy

John Cullinane has been Director of Public Policy for the Chartered Institute of Taxation since September 2015.

Before joining the CIOT in 2015 he was a senior tax partner at Deloitte for 13 years, and from 2009 head of their tax quality and risk function division and an elected member of the board of partners at Deloitte LLP. He is a past president of the CIOT.

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG)

Victoria Todd - Head of LITRG

Victoria worked in various welfare rights roles before joining LITRG in 2004 as Welfare Rights Technical Officer. Victoria qualified as a tax technician (ATT) in 2011 and a CTA (Fellow) in 2017. In 2018, Victoria was appointed Head of LITRG. As well as overseeing the group’s work, Victoria retains technical responsibility for tax credits and universal credit. Victoria sits on several HMRC forums and is a member of the Tax Law Review Committee.

Richard Wild – Head of Tax Technical

A qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, with over 25 years’ experience in taxation, mainly in Indirect Taxes, including roles in a Big 4 litigation team, and as an Anti-Avoidance Adviser with HMRC. Richard has been the Head of the Tax Technical Team since 2015.

Areas of expertise:

  • Indirect tax
  • Making Tax Digital

Richard Wild | LinkedIn

CIOT Technical Policy & Oversight Committee (TPOC) spokespeople

John Barnett (Chair)

MA (Oxon) CTA (Fellow), TEP, Solicitor. Partner and Head of Private Client and Tax at Burges Salmon. Council member since 2014. Chair, Technical Committee. Member, Succession Taxes, and Capital Gains Tax and Investment Income Sub-Committees. Former member of the GAAR Interim Panel.

Areas of expertise:

  • International Taxes
  • Capital Taxes
  • Residence and domicile
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners
  • DOTAS, GAAR and related tax-governance issues

John Barnett | LinkedIn

Business Rates Working Group

Kersten Muller

Kersten is Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal and is a real estate expert with more than 20 years of experience in the sector, including as a lead partner in Grant Thornton LLP’s Real Estate Team, and Tax Director at Deloitte Real Estate.

 Areas of expertise:

  • International structuring
  • Buy & sell side due diligence 
  • Refinancing of property portfolios.
  • Ongoing reporting and compliance 

Kersten Muller | LinkedIn

Climate Change Working Group

Jason Collins - Chair

Areas of expertise:

  • All aspects of environmental taxes
  • Dispute resolution and tax litigation

Jason Collins | LinkedIn


Adrian Rudd

Areas of expertise:

  • Corporate taxes
  • Capital gains tax
  • Capital allowances

Adrian Rudd | LinkedIn

Digitalisation and Agent Services

Tina Riches

Areas of expertise:

  • Making Tax Digital and other digitalisation of the tax system
  • Taxation for those on low incomes
  • The tax affairs of individuals and owner-managed businesses (OMB).

Tina Riches | LinkedIn

Disputes Resolution Working Group

Hui Ling McCarthy QC - Chair

Hui Ling is Queen’s Counsel at 11 New Square Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London. Her practice covers all areas of tax law, with an emphasis on corporate and international tax matters, VAT and SDLT. She is a CEDR-accredited mediator.

Areas of expertise:

  • Corporate Tax
  • VAT
  • Dispute resolution

Hui Ling McCarthy QC | LinkedIn

Employment taxes

Colin Ben Nathan – Chair

Areas of expertise:

  • Employment Taxes
  • International employment Taxes
  • Residence and domicile

Colin Ben-Nathan | LinkedIn

Mark Groom – Vice Chair

Areas of expertise:

  • Pay and Incentives
  • Benefits and expenses
  • Employment status and IR35
  • Agency legislation

Mark Groom | LinkedIn

Matthew Brown – CIOT Technical Officer

Matthew Brown is a Technical Officer for the CIOT’s Employment Taxes Committee and Owner Managed Business Committee. Matthew previously worked for Capita Assistance and started his tax career at Barclays Personal Tax Service.

Areas of expertise:

  • Employment Taxes
  • PAYE and National Insurance Contributions
  • Taxation of benefits-in-kind
  • Expenses and Termination payments
  • Taxation of pensions and pension contributions
  • Taxation of sole traders and small partnerships

EU and Human Rights

Jeremy Woolf

Areas of expertise: 

  • Negligence
  • Judicial review
  • European Community law
  • Human rights law

Jeremy Woolf | LinkedIn

International Tax

David Murray – Chair

Areas of expertise:

  • International Tax Policy
  • Digitalisation
  • Digital Taxes
  • BEPs
  • Documentation/ compliance requirements
  • Bilateral/ multilateral agreements for information exchange
  • Double taxation and Tax treaties

David Murray | LinkedIn

Management of Taxes

Helen Adams

Helen is a Principal specialising in Tax Dispute Resolution at BDO LLP. She advises individuals and companies on making voluntary disclosures of UK tax irregularities and helps resolve HMRC investigations into cases of suspected serious tax fraud and tax avoidance under Codes of Practice 8 and 9 as well as complex self-assessment enquiries. Helen also advises on using mediation (Alternative Dispute Resolution) to resolve tax disputes.

Areas of expertise:

  • Tax investigations & enquiries
  • Voluntary (unprompted) disclosures to HMRC
  • HMRC powers & penalties
  • Mediation

Helen Adams | LinkedIn

Owner managed business

Pete Miller – Chair

Areas of expertise:

  • Transaction in securities rules
  • Reorganisations and Reconstructions
  • Patent Box & intangible assets
  • HMRC clearances
  • Disguised remuneration

Pete Miller | LinkedIn

Private Client UK

John Bunker

Areas of expertise:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Estate and tax planning

John Bunker | LinkedIn

Private Client International

Emma Chamberlain OBE

Areas of expertise:

  • Private client advisory
  • Trust advice
  • Foreign domiciliaries
  • Inheritance tax
  • Residential property

Emma Chamberlain | LinkedIn

Property taxation

Marc Selby

Marc is head of Tax at Laytons. Marc has a busy consultancy practice, in which he advises other professionals, including lawyers and accountants, as well as Laytons’ clients, on the tax aspects of corporate and property transactions. He is a member of the VAT Practitioners Group and the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group.

Marc Selby | LinkedIn 

VAT and Indirect taxes

Alan McLintock – Chair

Areas of expertise:

  • All aspects of VAT

Alan McLintock | LinkedIn

Excise duties

Alan Powell 

Alan Powell LinkedIn

Scottish Taxes

Alexander Garden

Alexander is a partner at Turcan Connell, specialising in Succession Planning and Asset Protection 

Alexander Garden | LinkedIn

Joanne Walker

Joanne is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser.  She joined the Technical Team at the CIOT in 2012 as a Technical Officer for LITRG working on the HMRC-funded migrants project. Since 2014 she has divided her time between LITRG and the CIOT.  Her responsibilities as a CIOT Technical Officer include the Scottish Technical Committee and the Climate Change Working Group.

Areas of expertise:

  • Scottish taxes and social security
  • Compliance
  • HMRC Charter
  • Tax on savings income
  • Tax on property income
  • Tax refunds
  • Environmental taxes

Welsh Taxes

Lakshmi Narain

Areas of expertise:

  • Property related Tax Issues for individuals, partnerships and companies
  • Land Transaction Tax
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax

Lakshmi Narain | LinkedIn

Richie Tout

Areas of expertise:

  • Employee share incentives and tax valuations
  • Private company tax advisory work
  • M&A tax advice

Ritchie Tout | LinkedIn

Our External Relations team

Head of External Relations - George Crozier

George Crozier is Head of External Relations 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 senior communications adviser for a major political party. He tweets on tax matters at @GeorgeTweetsTax. 

Senior 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.

Scotland External Relations & Branch Support Manager - Chris Young

Chris Young is a policy and public affairs professional with more than 10 years’ experience in the UK and USA. He became the CIOT's first full-time Scottish External Relations Officer when he joined in September 2016 from one of Scotland’s largest independent public relations and public affairs consultancies, where he held the role of Public Affairs Account Manager.

Media enquiries for the CIOT should be directed in the first instance to Hamant Verna (hverma@ciot.org.uk / 020 7340 2702), unless they relate specifically to Scotland in which case they should be directed to Chris Young (cyoung@ciot.org.uk / 07900 241584). 

For out of hours enquiries George Crozier can be contacted at gcrozier@ciot.org.uk or on 020 7340 0569. 


External Relations Officer