Spokespeople

The CIOT's spokespeople can be contacted for media comment via the CIOT's External Relations Team (contact details at the bottom of this page)

The Officers

The President 

Ray McCann is a partner in the Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, having formerly been a partner in London law firm New Quadrant partners and before that an HMRC Inspector. Ray is a member of the CIOT/ATT 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. As well as CIOT Ray is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Chartered Management Institute.

 

Deputy 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.

 

Vice-President

Peter Rayney practices as an independent tax consultant. His main specialisms are corporate tax, company reorganisations, corporate finance tax (including company sales and acquisitions) and all aspects of owner managed business taxation.

Peter worked at BDO LLP for nearly 20 years, acting most recently as their National Tax Technical Partner.

He is a widely-recognised tax author and lecturer and regularly contributes to the professional press. He has now won Taxation's 'Tax Writer of the Year' award an unprecedented three times in 2002, 2014 and 2018.

Also, in 1994, Peter won the Chartered Institute of Taxation Fellowship Thesis prize for his thesis on "Selling companies for a deferred consideration (with particular reference to earn-outs)". The firm was also short-listed in the 'Tax Consultancy Firm Of The Year' at the 2014 Taxation Awards.

Peter currently chairs the ICAEW Tax Faculty's Technical Committee.

 

Tax Policy Director

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 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.

Robin Williamson
Technical Director

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

 

 

Spokespeople

Gary Ashford

Gary Asford 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.

Gary has been a CIOT Council member since 2011 and is a member of the Professional Standards Committee, Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group, Management of Taxes Sub-Committee, European Branch Committee and the Birmingham and West Midlands Branch Committee. Gary also represents the CIOT at the Confederation Fiscale Europeen (CFE) and at the HMRC Compliance Reform Forum.

Colin Ben-Nathan

Colin is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser specialising in Employment Taxes in a UK and international context and taking a particular interest in the financial sector. Colin is Chair of the Employment Taxes Sub-Committee and a tax partner at KPMG LLP.

John Bunker

John is Head of Private Client Knowledge Management of Irwin Mitchell LLP and also a freelance lecturer. With 30 years of experience as a solicitor specialising in wills, trusts, estate and tax planning,  and 25 years as a Chartered Tax Adviser, John serves on the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Succession Taxes Sub-committee, of which he is chair, HMRC’s Capital Taxes Liaison Group and TACT’s Private Trusts Committee.

John moved in 2012 to his role, responsible for technical development and know-how, for Thomas Eggar’s 100 strong Private Client team, after 23 years as a partner. This role developed within Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth to include the former Berkeley Law and Sheffield head office teams.

Alongside this John has developed external training work in a freelance capacity, for local law societies, branches of CIOT, STEP, SFE and other professional groups, as well as MBL, CLT, SJ Live, the Ark Group, and individual firms.

Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson CBE is a tax director at KPMG where he advises a wide range of clients in managing their relationships with HMRC, including dispute resolution, and on preparing for the new failure to prevent evasion offences. Chris has spent over forty years in tax, most of it with HMRC where he was deputy director of Large Business Service with responsibility for the financial sector and finally Head of Anti/ Avoidance Group until 2014. He led the OECD Tax Intermediaries Study 2006-07. Chris chairs the Management of Taxes Sub-committee.

Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper is a Tax Partner with over 20 years’ experience in UK and international tax. As head of EY’s technical policy and knowledge team, responsible for all technical developments in all areas of UK tax, she is in regular dialogue with HMRC and HM Treasury on a range of technical developments and is a member of many of their working groups. Claire is also the Big 4 representative on the CBI Taxation Committee.

She works with clients across a number of sectors on a range of corporation tax matters from responding to technical developments in areas such as interest, losses and hybrids, to the tax treatment of intellectual property, acquisitions and joint ventures through to managing relationships with HMRC. She also runs a monthly webcast series for clients - ‘Tax Focus’ - providing an update on the latest tax technical developments and is responsible for many of EY’s technical alerts and thought leadership including EY’s Budget response and EY’s weekly tax update, Midweek Tax News. 

Claire is a member of the International Taxes Sub-committee and Chair of the Corporate Taxes Sub-committee.

Moira Kelly

Moira Kelly is Senior Tax Manager at Anderson Anderson & Brown in Aberdeen and specialising in innovations tax reliefs and not for profit organisations. Moira has been a CIOT Council member since 2013 and is Chair of the Scottish Technical Committee. She is also a past Chair and member of the Scotland Branch.

Malachy McLernon

Malachy McLernon 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. Malachy is also Chair of the Branch Network and Chair of the Joint Branches Sub-Committee.  He has over 20 year’s experience advising a broad range of private sector business's and their stakeholders to structure their tax affairs in an efficient and practical way. 

Alan McLintock

Alan McLintock is a VAT specialist with almost 30 years of VAT experience including time as a Senior Officer in HMRC, in practice (a director in the Big 4) but predominantly has spent most of his career within commerce covering VAT issues in Europe and to a lesser extent in other parts of the world.  For most of his time in commerce Alan was a Senior Director of Taxes for a US multinational focussing in services and travel but since 2012 is a Senior VAT Manager with Ford Motor Company. Alan is Chair of the Indirect Tax Sub-committee (June 2017) and was Vice Chair 2013-17. 

Lakshmi Narain

Lakshmi Narain is Chair of the South Wales Branch and was the inaugural Chair of the Stamp Taxes Practitioner Group. Lakshmi had been actively involved as a member of the Technical Experts Group supporting the Welsh Government and was the Expert Adviser to the Finance Committee for both the Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016 and the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-Avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017.

Aparna Nathan

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 and 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. Aparna is Honorary Secretary of the Addington Society and is a member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers.

Aparna is the Chair of the Capital Gains Tax Sub-Committee and a member of the Succession Taxes Sub-Committee. 

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. John Preston was CIOT President in 2017-18.

Stephen Relf

Stephen is a tax writer and adviser specialising in owner-managed businesses. He is Chair of the Working Together Sub-committee. 

Tina Riches

Tina Riches is the National Tax Partner at Smith & Williamson LLP. She has responsibility for Smith & Williamson's tax technology developments, including the firm's response to HMRC's making tax digital project and the related tax media work.
Tina has over 30 years’ experience in the accountancy profession, predominantly dealing with digital developments and the tax affairs of individuals, owner-managed businesses (OMB) and tax policy.
Previously she was technical director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). She has been and continues to be a member of various HMRC consultative committees.
Tina is currently the Vice chair of the CIOT’s Digital Working Group, chairs its OMB Technical Sub-committee and is a member of its Technical Committee and the joint Standards Committee of the CIOT and Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

Adrian Rudd

Adrian Rudd is a Barrister, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He is Tax Director in the Tax Policy team at PwC, and is particularly interested in corporate taxes, capital gains tax, capital allowances and stamp duties. Adrian regularly writes and lectures about tax. He is Chair of the Digitalisation and Agent Strategy Working Group and Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee.

Brian Slater

Brian Slater is a part time consultant to Howard Kennedy and Hewitson Moorhead.  He specialises in commercial tax advice mainly related to property related taxes.

Brian is Chair of the Property Taxes Sub-committee 

Joy Svasti-Salee

Joy Svasti-Salee 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.

Richard Wild

Richard Wild is the Head of the CIOT Tax Technical Team.

His tax career has spanned over 20 years, mainly in Indirect Taxes, including roles in a Big 4 litigation team, and as an Anti-Avoidance Adviser with HMRC. Richard joined the CIOT in November 2015, and heads up the team of Technical Officers who work across a wide range of taxes. Prior to specialising in tax, Richard qualified as an Accounting Technician, and then a Chartered Accountant.

Jeremy Woolf

Jeremy Woolf is a Barrister practicing in all areas of tax including negligence and judicial review proceedings raising tax issues. Among the areas that particularly interest him are judicial review, European Community and human rights law. He has been appointed as the CIOT representative on the Indirect Tax Sub-committee of the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne and is currently chair of its indirect tax committee and one of its representatives on the European Commission VAT expert group. He is also chair of the EU and Human Rights Sub-Committee and was made a fellow of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. He is a co-author of "Zamir and Woolf: The Declaratory Judgment"  a contributor to "Civil Appeals" and a former contributor to "Potter & Monroe's Tax Planning",  De Smith's Judicial Review, Simons Taxes and De Voil's Indirect Tax Service.

 

Press Office

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. 

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.

Scottish External Relations Officer - 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 (hverma [at] ciot.org.uk / 020 7340 2702), unless they relate specifically to Scotland in which case they should be directed to Chris (cyoung [at] ciot.org.uk / 07900 241584). George can be contacted at gcrozier [at] ciot.org.uk or on 020 7340 0569.