Positive News 13th March 2009

Georgiana Head Recruitment is delighted to see long standing tax hero John Whiting has been appointed to a new role at The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) from July 2001. John’s new role will be that of Tax Policy Director. The Director’s brief is to lead the development and presentation of the CIOT’s views on tax policy matters, making sure these are developed consistently within all the CIOT’s technical work. It is a key role that will involve leading for the CIOT on many of its discussions and representations on tax policy matters.

John Whiting is well known within the tax world. He is a past President of the CIOT and a past Chairman of the Institute’s Technical Committee. John continues to be significantly involved with the Institute’s technical work and is a member of LITRG.

John is currently a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers but will be taking early retirement from the partnership in June. One of his main roles in recent years has been tax policy matters. In 2008 he was awarded an OBE for his contribution to the tax profession. John will take up his post at the Institute, on a part-time basis, in July 2009.

Peter Fanning, the CIOT’s Chief Executive, says: “I am delighted that John has accepted this important position at the Institute. John’s professional record speaks for itself. He is also a prolific tax writer and has that rare ability of making tax understandable to the man or woman on the Clapham Omnibus. I look forward to working with him as does everyone at the CIOT.”

The CIOT believes that the Tax Policy Director will play a crucial role in helping the organisation lead the conversation on tax.

John Whiting adds: “I am delighted to have the opportunity of furthering my interest in tax policy matters by working with the CIOT. The Institute works hard to achieve a fairer tax system – one that is easier to work with for all those involved. I look forward to ensuring that the CIOT continues to help and work constructively with all those involved with tax: taxpayers (very much including the unrepresented), CIOT members, the media, tax authorities and policy-makers.”

As Georgiana says ‘It was John who managed to get me through my ATT studies by extremely patiently explaining the details of double entry book keeping, he really can make the most complex legislation accessible to everyone. It is great to see that after such a successful career at PwC he is going on to work in such a high profile role for the Institute. We wish him the very best of luck with this next stage of his life’.

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