Vacancy -- Non-Executive Members - Welsh Revenue Authority
Function of body
The devolution of new borrowing and tax powers is an important development and provides Wales with an exciting opportunity to develop its funding arrangements so they best meet Welsh circumstances and priorities.
Earlier this year, the National Assembly approved its first Welsh tax legislation - the Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016. This provides powers for tax administration, including those to establish the first ever Welsh tax authority - the Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA).
From April 2018, the Welsh Government is looking to have in place a fully-functioning, efficient and effective regime for collecting and managing Welsh taxes.
The WRA will be a new non-Ministerial Department. It will have a board and a chief executive and around 40 members of staff who will be civil servants. Its main purpose will be to administer and collect the new Welsh taxes. Initially these will be Land Transaction Tax (LTT) and Landfill Disposals Tax (LDT), but there is scope for the range of functions undertaken by WRA to develop and expand over time, depending in part on the success of its early operations.
In addition to collecting and administering the new Welsh taxes, the WRA will:
• provide information, advice and assistance about devolved taxes to Welsh Ministers and to taxpayers;
• resolve taxpayer complaints and disputes;
• promote tax compliance;
• protect against tax evasion and tax avoidance; and,
• support the development of Welsh Government tax policy.
The WRA will deliver Welsh Ministers’ tax policy and follow the strategic direction set by them; it will however be operationally independent. It will be accountable to Welsh Ministers and to the National Assembly.
As a new tax body the development and maintenance of good relationships with taxpayers and their agents will be key. It will be vital to offer clarity about its expectations of taxpayers and clarity about the services it will provide to assist taxpayers to help them to meet their tax obligations. It will be critical for the WRA to establish a positive culture of payment of taxes, to promote compliance and to deter avoidance.
An implementation programme within Welsh Government is underway to establish all aspects of the WRA and prepare it for operation. For further information on the WRA and the two devolved taxes please visit the Welsh Government website:
The WRA Board
The WRA board will consist of a non-executive chair, a deputy chair and three other non-executive members, as well as four executive members, including the chief executive and elected staff member.
Welsh language skills
The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable, but not essential for these positions. We encourage applications from candidates who speak Welsh.
If you would like to learn more about the roles and to apply, please visit https://www.gatenbysanderson.com. For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson; Michael Dobson on 020 7426 3968 or Helen Anderson on 0207 426 3977.
How to apply
You will need to contact our advising consultants GatenbySanderson to access more information on the role and to view the Candidate information pack.
Once you've received the information about the role from GatenbySanderson and are ready to commence your application, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system. You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form. To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents.
The first, a document outlining your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the person specification. This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.
The second document is a full, up to date CV. The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.
In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.
We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. Political activity in itself is no bar to appointment. To allow the panel to explore such activity with the candidates in the context of their ability to perform in the role, you should declare any significant political activity. This information will only be provided to the panel for those applicants selected for interview and if you are successfully appointed to the post, details of your response will be included in the press release announcing your appointment.
If applicants for the chair position would like be considered for a non-executive role also, they should specify this in their personal statement. If then unsuccessful for the chair position, you will also be considered for a non-executive position.
Applicants for the non-executive positions should be aware that they may be selected for the role of deputy chair unless their personal statement specifies that they do not wish to be considered.
Further Information and Queries For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at Gatenby Sanderson; Michael Dobson on 020 7426 3968 or Helen Anderson on 0207 426 3977.
For further information about the WRA you may wish to visit the Welsh Government’s web site: http://gov.wales/funding/fiscal-reform/welsh-taxes/welsh-revenue-authority/?lang=en
If you have any online technical problems when applying, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit http://www.gov.wales/publicappointments.
This vacancy is closed to applications.