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Heather Self recognised with Institute’s highest award

The Council award recognises her outstanding contributions to the life of the Institute and the profession as a whole.

Heather Self, a Corporate Tax partner at Blick Rothenberg, has received the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s (CIOT) ‘Council Award’, the highest-ranking award that the Council can give. This recognises her outstanding contributions to the life of the Institute and the profession as a whole. This includes chairing the Institute’s Technical Committee, co-founding the Women in Tax network and regularly featuring in the media as an expert commentator on tax matters. She is just the sixth recipient of the Council Award to date.

Heather and former cabinet minister David Gauke have both been honoured for their outstanding contributions to the field of taxation by the Institute.

CIOT President Glyn Fullelove said: “I am delighted to be able to recognise Heather Self and David Gauke for their exceptional contributions to the fields of taxation and the tax profession.

“Heather has a lifetime of experience as a senior tax professional – in business, in practice and at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) – but it is for her wider work as a writer, broadcaster and raising the profile of women in the tax profession that we are primarily honouring her. Whether on television, radio, print or online she is one of the most effective communicators in the profession. For more than a quarter of a century she has been a clear and cogent contributor to the tax policy debate. More recently the growth of Women in Tax since she co-founded it just five years ago has been stellar.”

Nimesh Shah, CEO at Blick Rothenberg, said: “I am delighted that Heather has received this recognition from the Institute. It comes as no surprise to me that the industry has recognised Heather’s achievement and the contribution she has made to the tax profession over many years.”

He added: “Having worked with Heather for the last few years at Blick Rothenberg, I have valued and respected her technical input and experience and enjoyed the occasional tax debate. Heather has been at the forefront of Blick Rothenberg’s tax practice and we have been incredibly fortunate to have her part of the team. She has been a fantastic role model and I fully expect her influence to leave a lasting impression for the junior members of our team who aspire to follow in her footsteps.”

Heather said: “I am honoured and surprised to receive this award. I’ve been involved with the Institute throughout my career in a variety of roles and have always valued the fellowship and professional support I have had. I’m particularly pleased that the success of Women in Tax has been recognised in this way.”

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