Dodwell replaces Morton as OTS head

Only five months after joining the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) as a senior policy adviser, Bill Dodwell has taken over the helm at the organisation succeeding Paul Morton who has been tax director since March 2017

As tax director, Dodwell LLB, LLM, CTA (Fellow), ACA will provide expert advice, guidance and direction and bring years of experience to the OTS and its board as a non-executive member. He succeeds Paul Morton, who has held the position for almost two years.

Dodwell joined the OTS in July 2018 as a senior policy adviser following retirement from his role as head of tax policy at Deloitte in May 2018 after almost 16 years.

As head of the tax policy group, Dodwell managed tax knowledge, training, and government representations and consultations with the OECD, Treasury and HMRC. His clients were mainly UK and US headquartered companies.

Alongside his accounting qualifications Dodwell has law degrees from King’s College, London and Queens’ College Cambridge.

Dodwell started his accounting career with Arthur Andersen & Co where he was made a partner, spending 13 years with the firm.

He is also a past president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) from 2017-18.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride said: ‘We are committed to simplifying the tax system and the OTS is vital in providing informed advice on how to achieve this. Bill Dodwell has the capability and expertise to ensure the OTS continues this valuable work.

‘I would like to thank Paul Morton for his exceptional work for the last two years. I am confident he leaves the OTS on a strong footing.’

OTS Chair, Angela Knight said: ‘Bill has huge experience and knowledge and is already contributing to the work of the OTS as an adviser. I am delighted to welcome Bill as the new Tax Director.

‘Paul has made a huge contribution to the work of the OTS and provided an excellent platform for Bill to take forward.’

Morton took over as tax director in March 2017 succeeding John Whiting who had held the position since the OTS was established in 2010.

The OTS was established in 2010 to provide advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system and was made a permanent, independent office of HM Treasury in July 2015. It was put on a statutory footing in the Finance Act 2016.

Report by Amy Austin

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