Patrick Stevens is new Tax Policy Director at CIOT
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) have appointed former CIOT President, Patrick Stevens, to serve as Tax Policy Director; he has assumed the post with immediate effect.
Patrick brings a wealth of experience to the role; his long and varied career as a tax specialist has enabled him to experience life in most segments of the profession, including sixteen years with Ernst & Young where he was a Client Serving Partner and spent a number of years as a managing partner of the growth markets part of the business. Prior to that he worked with mid-tier firms and small local practices. He is an experienced performer on broadcast media and in front of parliamentary committees.
As President of the CIOT in 2012-13, Patrick worked closely with his predecessor as Tax Policy Director, John Whiting, to raise the profile of the Institute and ensure a practitioner perspective is heard in the increasingly vociferous tax debate.
Commenting, CIOT President Stephen Coleclough said:
“Patrick is taking up this role at an exciting time; our membership continues to grow and the media profile of tax has never been higher. As our lead spokesperson to both media and political audiences, Patrick will be playing a crucial part in bringing light rather than heat to the tax debate and ensuring that the voice of the profession is heard by decision-makers and opinion-formers. Patrick’s tenure as President was marked by a renewed focus on making sure that the Institute was fully representative of all parts of the tax profession and I am keen that we continue in that vein.”
Yvette Nunn, President of the ATT, said:
“In Patrick, the ATT and CIOT have a tax heavyweight who will speak up for the profession. Patrick is held in high regard both for his ability to communicate and explain complex issues around tax to an unfamiliar audience and for his skill as a technical expert. I am looking forward to working with him to strengthen the ATT’s profile and further develop our input into the tax policy process.”
New CIOT and ATT Tax Policy Director, Patrick Stevens, said:
“I am delighted to become Tax Policy Director at a challenging but fascinating time in tax. The need for the profession to make its voice heard in the frequently cacophonous tax debate has never been greater. I look forward to working with Stephen, Yvette and the wider CIOT and ATT memberships to achieve this. The great strength of our organisations is the technical excellence of our members. That is why we are listened to and why real weight is attached to our views and our recommendations.”