Ray McCann named CIOT president for 2018-19

CIOT has announced its team of officers for the coming year, with Ray McCann becoming the institute’s new president, marking the first former HMRC appointment to the post, with Accountancy contributor Peter Rayney among those taking the helm from May

McCann is a former HMRC inspector and current partner at Joseph Hage Aaronson, and moves up to become president from his current role of deputy president.

During his time at HMRC, McCann oversaw the introduction of the UK’s disclosure of tax avoidance schemes (DOTAS) rules and set up the business tax clearance team and the avoidance intelligence unit. He is a member of the joint CIOT/ATT professional standards committee, which he chaired between 2013 and 2015.

McCann current CIOT deputy president, said: ‘CIOT continues to grow and to build upon its position as the professional body for tax advisers in the UK and increasingly we are building relationships overseas.

‘As the first former member of HMRC to be president of the CIOT I want to further build upon the work of my predecessors on professional standards and the major challenges to the profession and HMRC of the digital world.’

Current CIOT vice-president Glyn Fullelove will be deputy president. The group corporate services director of Informa, Fullelove is chair of CIOT’s technical committee and a former chair of the international taxes sub-committee.

The new vice-president is Peter Rayney, who practices as an independent tax consultant, having previously been a tax partner at BDO. He is a widely-recognised tax author and lecturer and regularly contributes to the professional press, including Accountancy.

Rayney, CIOT vice-president elect, said: ‘Tax issues are never far from the media these days and I am really looking forward to working with my fellow officers in carrying out the institute's important work.’

The new team begin in their roles on 22 May.

Report by Pat Sweet

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