Mar 272020

Board Member - The Office of Tax Simplification

Body: HM Treasury
Appointing Department: HM Treasury
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: This appointment is not remunerated although reasonable expenses for attending board meetings will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The time commitment is approximately 10 days per annum, including six Board meetings and one or two other specific engagements per year.

Vacancy Description

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides the government with independent advice on simplifying the tax system, to make things easier for taxpayers.

The OTS Board is led by an independent Chair (Kathryn Cearns OBE) and Tax Director (Bill Dodwell) and has representatives from HM Treasury and HMRC and up to four independent members, supported by a diverse staff team drawn from the civil service and the private sector, led by the OTS Head of Office David Halsey.

The four independent members of the OTS Board are currently Dame Teresa Graham, John Cullinane, Kathleen Russ and – until his recent resignation – Paul Johnson.

To support its work and further development, the OTS would like to identify an exceptional individual with relevant experience to join its Board as one of its independent members.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will:

  • bring relevant tax expertise and skills and experience in a related field (such as tax policy, academia, economics, or as a practitioner)
  • bring experience of, or an interest in, the taxation of smaller businesses, individuals or unadvised taxpayers
  • bring an informed, realistic and independent personal mindset to bear
  • be able to draw on their expertise, skills and experience without simply acting as a representative of a particular profession or interest group
  • be able to work collaboratively with, and appropriately challenge, other Board members, and others with diverse backgrounds, expertise or experience
  • be willing and credibly able to fulfil the role and its responsibilities

As a holder of a public office Board members are expected to follow the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Additional Information

This is a Chancellor Appointment. The Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) nominates an appointable candidate to the Chancellor.

The OTS was set up on 20 July 2010 and made a permanent independent Office of HM Treasury on 21 July 2015. It was then placed on a statutory basis in sections 184 to 189 of, and Schedule 25 to, Finance Act 2016, which came into effect as from 28 November 2016.

Board members are appointed for a term of office of up to 5 years and are eligible for reappointment. Board meetings take place in Central London.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and transgender.

We are committed to actively encouraging applications from people with disabilities. Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the appointment, as outlined in the relevant role description. Declaring a disability for the purposes of a guaranteed interview is your decision and is entirely voluntary. If you wish to apply under the Interview Access Scheme, please complete the form at Annex B. Whether you choose to apply under the Interview Access Scheme or not you can still ask us to make particular arrangements for you when attending an interview. You can also contact us if you want to discuss the criteria for the role or have questions regarding your application.

Reasonable expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will be reimbursed.

Due Diligence: as part of the recruitment process, due diligence, including social media checks, will be undertaken on short-listed candidates.

You will be required to exercise care in the use of official information acquired in the course of your duties, and not to disclose information which is held in confidence.

You are expected not to occupy a paid party-political post or to hold a sensitive or high-profile role in a political party during your appointment as OTS Board member. Subject to this, you are free to engage in political activities provided you are conscious of your general public responsibilities and exercise a proper discretion, particularly with regard to the work of the OTS.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00hrs on 6 April 2020.
Apply by email: or, if you cannot apply online by post: Office of Tax Simplification, Room G41, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

  • The role title and reference
  • A CV, which provides details of your qualifications, employment history, skills and experience
  • A covering letter in which you succinctly address how your skills meet the requirements of the role
  • Names of at least two referees who may be contacted at short list stage, i.e. before interview
  • The forms regarding contact details, diversity and political activity. This information is required for monitoring purposes only and will not be seen by any selection panel.


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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