New Chair and Staff arrive at the OTS – and a new strategy looms!

A lot has been happening in the OTS over the last few months and the pace is quickening as we enter 2016 and start drawing together our findings on our two current reviews (on IT/NICs alignment and Small companies taxation).

Angela Knight took up her appointment as the new Chair of the OTS Board at the beginning of January.

She is already actively stimulating our thinking about the future strategy of the OTS as we prepare for the next phase of its work in its new statutory form. If you’ve particular ideas or insight to offer us on how you think we can add most value or what areas you think we should be considering, please let us know.

I also arrived at the beginning of January, as the new Head of Office (it’s already clear to me that Jeremy Sherwood left sizeable shoes to fill). My biography, and those of colleagues, is elsewhere on this site. Suffice to say here that I’ve had a yen for simplifying taxes almost from the beginning of my career with Inland Revenue and HMRC, and I am delighted to find myself at the OTS at this time of change.

This completes the present round of staffing changes, which started last November with the arrival of Angela Brown and Aaron Yamoah (on loan from HMRC and the Treasury respectively) who are currently focusing with the work of our teams on our two reviews which we’ll be publishing early in March. Watch this space!

David Halsey

Head of Office

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