CIOT names Whiteman as chief executive replacing Fanning

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has appointed Helen Whiteman as the Institute’s new chief executive, replacing Peter Fanning, who is retiring

Whiteman joins from CILEx Regulation where she is currently chief executive, having previously been chief operating officer at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and is a volunteer trustee for legal charity, LawCare, and is a MHFA mental health first aider. She takes up her new role at CIOT on 2 September, replacing Peter Fanning, who is retiring after 11 years at the institute.

CIOT president Glyn Fullelove said: ‘On behalf of CIOT Council I am delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Whiteman as the Institute’s new chief executive. She came through a very competitive selection process, and the panel was impressed by her ability to understand and implement the goals of an organisation such as the CIOT.

‘The appointment of a new chief executive is an important moment for any organisation. The mission of the CIOT is to be the leading professional body in the UK for advisers dealing with all aspects of taxation.

‘Council will work with Helen to set a strategy for the Institute to enable it to continue this mission taking into account forces such as pressure for regulation, the need to increase trust in the profession, increasing complexity in legislation, the demand for international services and qualifications, devolution and the new tax arrangements that brings; and existing goals such as improving our diversity and delivering services to members efficiently and cost-effectively.’

One of Whiteman’s focuses will be expanding CIOT’s international reach, particularly through take up of the the international tax credential, the advanced diploma in international taxation (ADIT), as well as keeping close tabs on the impact of technology and automation on the work of tax advisers.

Whiteman said: ‘Key objectives for CIOT over the years ahead include further increasing the Institute’s international profile and dealing with challenges facing tax professionals such as greater automation and the spread of artificial intelligence.

Fanning has spent over a decade at CIOT and before joining the institute, he spent several years at the Treasury and Office of Government Commerce, and was previously director of capital markets at National Westminster Bank and chief executive of the Public Private Partnerships Programme, responsible for PFI/PPP projects across local government in England and Wales.

‘Peter’s contribution to the CIOT since he joined us in 2008 has been immense,’ said Fullelove. ‘In Peter’s 11 years at CIOT he has not just been a steady hand in sometimes turbulent times, he has taken the Institute to the next level, growing our membership, our profile and our influence.

‘He has embedded a professional approach at every level of the Institute’s operations, from exams to the branch structure. And he has overseen increasingly close relations with other bodies in the tax realm, recognising the extent of our common interests and how we can work together for the benefit of our members and students.

‘In particular, Peter has led the development of CIOT’s growing international links, working more closely with tax bodies elsewhere in the world which share CIOT’s values and standards, as well as establishing more overseas branches and overseeing the explosive growth of ADIT.’

CIOT is the leading professional body in the UK concerned solely with taxation and it has 18,400 members with the practising title of Chartered Tax Adviser and the designatory letters CTA, to represent the leading tax qualification.

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