Susan Ball, a partner at RSM UK, has been appointed as the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s (CIOT) new president at the industry body’s annual general meeting.
It marks only the fourth female appointment to a leading role in the institute’s 90-year history.
Ball is a tax partner at the firm, specialising in employment tax. She has been a CIOT council member since 2017 and serves as a member of the CIOT’s employment taxes committee, examination committee, joint officers and senior staff forum and officers group.
She takes over from Peter Rayney as CIOT president. Gary Ashford, partner at Harbottle and Lewis LLP becomes deputy president and Charlotte Barbour, director of regulatory authorisations at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has been appointed vice president of CIOT.
Ball said: “It is a privilege to take on the role of president of this esteemed Institute. Now more than ever we have seen how important our networks are to us, the influence we can have and the speed at which we can adapt.
“RSM’s support to help get me to this point has been invaluable. I now look forward to supporting and working with Institute colleagues, volunteers and members to ensure the continued long-term success of the Institute, and to ensure our voice is heard on the new tax laws which undoubtedly will be ahead.”