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Governance and Trustees

The ‘board’ of Tax Volunteers comprises seven elected trustees who oversee the management and direction of the charity. The trustees meet on a quarterly basis. In line with good governance principles, they conduct regular board effectiveness and skills reviews. The individual trustees are all widely experienced and knowledgeable in their own right.

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Clive Tulloch

Clive Tulloch became Chairman of Tax Volunteers in September 2013 after many years serving as a trustee. Until October 2010, Clive was Chief Executive of the Free Representation Unit, a charity which provides pro bono representation, mainly on social security and employment matters, in tribunals, supporting claimants who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer. Prior to 2006, he was a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he spent almost all his career specialising in the tax treatment of employers and employees. He is a former trustee of TaxAid and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers. In his spare time, he sings in The Bach Choir, of which he was Treasurer for ten years.

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Alison Lovejoy

Alison Lovejoy was Editor of the Tax Journal for 15 years, retiring in 2010, when she won the Tax Personality of the Decade award at the Taxation Awards. She is a member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and the VAT Practitioners Group. She is currently working as a Freelance Tax Editor

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Asad Muzammai

Asad Muzammal has worked in the public sector since 2007, and for the last two years as a Local Authority officer, providing advice and support to school governing bodies.

Prior to 2007 he has held commercial management roles in the Utility, Vehicle Finance and Retail sectors. His current charity and voluntary roles include sitting on the board of a LA Scrutiny Committee and a LA School Funding Forum, a member of the governing body of two schools, a mentor to young at risk people, and advising and supporting a number of other charities.

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Jean Jesty

Jean Jesty is a semi-retired tax consultant with JWPCreers LLP, a firm of Chartered Accountants based in North Yorkshire where she was tax partner and head of tax from 2006 to 2013. A graduate of York University and a former Inspector of Taxes, she has worked in the tax departments of major national and international accountancy firms and is experienced in all areas of UK taxation, from inheritance tax planning for individuals to VAT planning and reviews for charitable bodies.

She served on the Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation for 12 years, and is a past President of the Association of Taxation Technicians. She is a Court member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and is a Court member and past Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York.

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Les Shaw

Les Shaw worked for HMRC for almost 32 years before taking early retirement at the end of March 2006. He had a variety of jobs in that time mostly involved in compliance but his job for the last five years led the Customer Relations team in Audit and Pension Scheme Services. He became a trustee in July 2008, in addition to being a volunteer in the Nottingham area. In the real world Les has a wife, two sons and a Nottingham Forest season ticket to support.

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Paul Houston

Paul Houston spent 28 years in the Civil Service, including a spell as Finance Director of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. More recently he ran two not-for-profit trade associations in London, from which he retired in 2013. He became a Trustee of Tax Help in February 2014. A qualified CIMA Accountant, he has assumed the role of Treasurer on the Board of Trustees.

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Sam Mitha

Sam Mitha spent most of his career within HMRC, much of it working on policy roles. Prior to his retirement, Sam was Deputy Director of the Tax Policy Group where he was responsible for coordinating HMRC’s advice to Treasury Ministers on the budget and Finance Bill. Previously Sam led the introduction of the Bank Payroll Tax, R&D Tax Credits, changes to Film Taxation, and Self Assessment. He has also held senior roles in the Cabinet Office (including Course Director for the Top Management Programme).

Sam's hobbies include reading, watching old films and listening to music.

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John Whitehead

John Whitehead is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with Arthur Andersen. John joined Deloitte in 2002. John specialised throughout his career on advising on the tax implications of large Real Estate investment and development projects in the UK and Europe.

John served as Head of Real Estate Tax and a member of Deloitte's UK Tax Executive. More recently he took responsibility for developing relationships with sovereign financial institutions including frequent travel to the Middle East and Asia Pacific. John took early retirement from Deloitte at the end of 2013 and has devoted his time to family and charitable activities including acting as a volunteer Tax Adviser for Tax Help.

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