CIOT creates external role
New powers sees Young hired by tax group
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is boosting its presence in Scotland in response to the devolution of more tax powers to the Scottish Parliament and the growing profile of tax issues north of the border.
Chris Young has been appointed to the role of Scotland external relations and branch support officer for the Institute and its sister body, the Association of Taxation Technicians.
Mr Young – a policy and public affairs professional with more than 10 years’ experience in the UK and USA – joins from 3×1 Group, one of Scotland’s largest independent public relations and public affairs consultancies, where he held the role of public affairs account manager.
Reporting to the CIOT’s head of external relations, George Crozier, he will work closely with the Institute’s Scotland hub chairman, Alexander Garden, and chairman of the CIOT Scottish technical committee, Moira Kelly, to help build the profile of the Institute among politicians, the media and wider public.
Another key feature of the role will be strengthening the participation of the organisation’s 2,080 Scottish members through the CIOT/ATT’s five Scottish branches.
Ms Kelly said: “Chris’ appointment comes at an important time for the CIOT in Scotland as we look to strengthen our engagement with key opinion formers and ensure that our members’ voices are heard at the highest levels by the media, politicians and others involved in the tax policy debate.”
Mr Young added: “Advising policy-makers on how they can translate their policy intentions into statute accurately and effectively, without unintended consequences, is a way in which tax professionals can really help the quality of tax law and administration.”