The Tax Justice Network has announced that John Christensen has stepped down from his role as chair of the group’s board.
A founding director of the network in 2003, Christensen also served as chief executive at the group until 2016.
Christensen, who previously acted as an economic adviser to the British Crown Dependency of Jersey, recently stepped down from his position as an executive director at the body in May of this year.
Alex Cobham, Christensen’s successor as chief executive, said in 2016 that his achievements “in changing the political weather” were “nothing short of extraordinary”.
In a letter to the board of directors of the TJN, Christensen revealed that he was resigning after “several years of mounting frustration and disenchantment”.
He highlighted several key reasons for his dissatisfaction with the body, including its shift from senior advisor reliance in 2016, the damaged credibility of the group through an absence of effective quality control, a lack of “clear vision” surrounding policy goals, and the collapse of the organisation’s governance system in 2021.
“I will also remain on the governance board of the OECD/UNDP Tax Inspectors Without Borders programme. In addition, I am very actively involved with the conservation work of the Chiltern Society.”