Appointment of Kathryn Cearns as Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification Contents


1.The vacancy as Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) arose from the departure of Angela Knight who served from December 2015.

2.The Treasury announced that Kathryn Cearns had been appointed as Chair of the OTS on 26 February 2019. Her appointment takes effect from 18 March 2019.1 The initial appointment is for 5 years and she could be appointed for a second term.

3.In this Report, the Committee has considered the suitability of Mrs Cearns for this role against the criteria of personal independence and professional competence.

4.The Committee took oral evidence from Mrs Cearns on 5 March 2019. She provided a full CV and answered a written questionnaire prior to giving oral evidence. The Committee would like to thank Mrs Cearns for this evidence, which has been published on the Treasury Committee website.

Published: 8 March 2019