This week, RSM’s Susan Ball was appointed as the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s (CIOT) new deputy president at the industry body’s online presidential handover ceremony, in what marks only the fourth female appointment to a leading role in the Institutes 90-year history.
Susan’s appointment was one of three as the new presidential team took office on Tuesday 17 November. Peter Rayney, an independent tax adviser, took up the role of CIOT president, accepting the badge of office from outgoing president Glyn Fullelove, with Susan taking over from Peter as deputy president. Gary Ashford, a tax adviser at law firm Harbottle & Lewis was appointed to Susan’s previous role as vice president.
Susan Ball, RSM partner and new CIOT deputy president, comments: ‘It is a privilege to take on the role of deputy president of the Institute. As we continue to experience the ever evolving impact of COVID-19 on both our personal and professional lives now more than ever we have seen how important our networks are to us, the influence we can have and the speed at which we can adapt. RSM’s support in helping me get to this point has been invaluable. I now look forward to supporting and working with Institute colleagues, volunteers and members to ensure the long-term success of the Institute, and to make sure our voice is heard on the new tax laws which undoubtedly will be ahead.’
The presidential handover normally takes place in May, as part of the Institute’s AGM, and presidents serve a 12-month term. Due to the disruption caused by covid-19 however, it was agreed that the previous and existing terms would extend to 18 months. It will be expected that Peter Rayney hands over to Susan Ball as his successor in May 2022.
Ali Sapsford, national head of Tax at RSM, comments: ‘Susan’s appointment shows her unwavering commitment to the CIOT and the tax profession it serves. Her energy, professionalism and wider longstanding affiliations will offer immeasurable benefits to the Institute. Having supported Susan along the way it gives us great satisfaction to see her take up this important role. Her position also demonstrates our ability as an organisation, a leading audit, tax and consulting firm to the UK’s middle market, to take on leading roles to help shape government policy in the interests of our clients, and taxpayers in general.’
As a partner at RSM Susan covers employment and off-payroll working related taxes and national insurance matters. She has over 30 years' professional experience, dealing with all aspects of PAYE and social security in the UK and overseas as well as the Construction Industry Scheme, employee benefits and expenses, compliance and employment status issues together with reward planning including salary sacrifice.
Susan has been a CIOT Council member since 2017. She is a member of CIOT’s Employment Taxes Sub-Committee and a past Joint Chair and founder member of the CIOT/ATT Suffolk Branch. She writes and lectures on employment tax and national insurance.