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Lay Council Representative

Chartered Institute of Taxation
Daily Council attendance and preparation fee rate of circa £500.
Closing date
12 Jun 2022

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Role description

General responsibilities 

The Council has a collective responsibility, which the Lay Representative will be expected to help inform and contribute to, as follows:  

  • ensure that Council exercises control over the strategic direction of the Institute and that the performance against its strategic objectives is properly assessed on a regular basis  
  • contribute to the wider debate and make their perspective available to Council 
  • ensure that the Institute conducts its affairs in accordance with its status as a charity and its charitable objectives  
  • ensure that the Institute maintains its long-term financial sustainability, safeguards its assets, and operates proper mechanisms to ensure effective internal control, risk management, academic quality and value for money  
  • act fairly and impartially at all times, in the interests of the Institute as a whole, using independent judgement and maintaining confidentiality 
  • observe the seven principles of public life (the Nolan Principles) embracing selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership 

Specific responsibilities 

The role of Lay Representative has the following specific responsibilities: 

  • present a mid-year report to Council and to contribute, from the perspective of the role of Lay Representative, to the Annual Report (two pages of A4 maximum) on the Council’s conduct of business in the preceding year in relation to safeguarding the public interest, particularly as a charity, and commenting on the Council’s contribution to furthering its charitable purposes and providing a public benefit 
  • attend a short post-meeting briefing with the Chief Executive Officer and President following each Council meeting 
  • attend an annual meeting of the Joint Officers and Senior Staff Forum in relation to the appraisal of the Chief Executive Officer. 


The Lay Representative should: 

  • attend meetings of Council and participate in discussions, acting as a ‘critical friend’, contributing to the development, implementation and monitoring of the Institute’s strategy  
  • listen respectfully to the views of others whilst also bringing a different perspective in questions and debate 
  • contribute to reviews of the effectiveness of Council, and 
  • attend any induction and training as may be required by the Institute to carry out effectively the role of Lay Representative 


To ensure the independence of the role, we unfortunately cannot accept applications from: 

  • Chartered Tax Advisers or in a profession linked to the tax profession 
  • Applicants who have been a trustee, employee or volunteer of the Institute within the last five years 
  • Applicants who have, within the previous three years, had a business relationship with the Institute, or 
  • Applicants who have, or have had, a personal relationship or close family ties with any of the charity’s trustees or senior management. 

Please indicate that you do not fall under any of the categories above in your response to us. 

The Lay Representative will also submit an annual Register of Interests declaration and must ensure that the Institute is notified promptly of any material changes to these details as may arise during the year. 

While appointed, the Lay Representative must not undertake any activities or correspondence relating to the Institute’s external contacts or relations or make contact with the media or any external contacts in the public domain about the role of Lay Representative without the prior, written agreement of the Chief Executive Officer. 

Term of office 

One three-year term. 


Approved by Council on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee.


Daily Council attendance and preparation fee rate of circa £500. Full details of the remuneration package will be confirmed before the interview stage.

Time commitment 

Attendance and preparation for five or six meetings per year. It is expected that there will be a mixture of virtual and face-to-face meetings in Central London. 


The Lay Representative is eligible to claim reimbursement of travelling expenses for attendance at physical meetings of Council.

All claims will be dealt with on the same terms and conditions as apply to volunteers under our Volunteers Expenses Policy.

Recruitment Process

Candidates are invited to apply by submitting:

  • a comprehensive CV together with
  • a cover letter that sets out how you meet the criteria of the person specification (including a declaration that you are not disqualified from applying due to our independence requirements)
  • the completed Equal Opportunities questionnaire

Applications must be submitted electronically by email to the HR Officer, Faith Mulera at by Sunday, 12 June 2022 with “Lay Representative” in the email's subject line. Shortlisted candidates are likely to be invited for interviews between 25 June and 9 July 2022. There will be a two-stage interview process.

The CIOT’s Chief Executive (Helen Whiteman) would be happy to discuss the role informally. Please email Sarah Tempany using the email address to arrange a conversation with Helen Whiteman. 

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