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New non-executive director team announced

Publication date: 17 Dec 07 | Source: THE TAX INSTITUTE

The Taxation Institute of Australia has announced a new non- executive director team for 2008.

Sue Williamson (Clayton Utz), the current vice-president and head of the technical division will take over the reins as President from Peter Moltoni on 1 January 2008. Joan Roberts (Harwood Andrews), will be vice-president and David Williams Treasurer. All three executive directors are highly regarded tax practitioners who have contributed to the Taxation Institute's development over many years.

Noel Rowland, Chief Executive Officer of the Taxation Institute, said "he was confident that the new non-executive director team would keep the Taxation Institute focused on maintaining its strong position in the market and continuing its exemplary growth".

"The new team has the complementary skill sets required to set the course of the Taxation Institute and take it from strength to strength" he said.

Sue Williamson, a tax partner with Clayton Utz, said "one of her priorities in the President's role would be to continue Mr Moltoni's emphasis on strategies to ensure the Taxation Institute is considered the pre-eminent tax body in the terms of the education it delivers to its 15,000 Members and the contribution made to the development of the tax framework through various submissions and representations on industry bodies"

"This is an exciting time for the tax profession as the new government focuses on the direction that the country's tax policy will take. Recent appointments to the bench could result in changes in approach to the conduct of tax litigation and even the approach to decisions to be made. In this transitional time we need to be focused on a clear strategy to ensure that our Members and the general community are given access to the best in terms of education and general technical understanding of tax provisions".

"This year we also want to take the Taxation Institute one step further" said Ms Williamson.

"There is unprecedented demand for experienced tax employees. The Taxation Institute wants to help educate employers on how to attract, motivate and retain outstanding people".

In 2008 and beyond, the Taxation Institute also wishes to extend its commitment to the broader community by endeavouring to reduce its carbon footprint.

"With 50 employees and thousands of Members nationally and the fact that the Taxation Institute conducts over 300 education events nationally each year, we want to be a market leader amongst similar professional associations in setting benchmarks for reducing our own carbon foot print and for guiding our Members on better practices" said Ms Williamson.

"I am very proud to have been selected to succeed Mr Moltoni as president in 2008" Ms Williamson added. She noted that Mr Moltoni's leadership throughout a period of rapid growth and change had been incredibly important and successful and that she looked forward to building on this success.