Non-Executive Members - Welsh Revenue Authority

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Regulation
Location: Initially Board meetings will be held in Cardiff. A Ministerial decision is expected shortly on the location of the WRA and candidates will be kept informed of this.
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: £300 per day
Time Requirements: 3 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has today announced the appointment of the first Chief Executive and five non-executive board members of the Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA).

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Vacancy Description

The devolution of new borrowing and tax powers is an important development and provides Wales with an exciting opportunity to develop its funding arrangements so they best meet Welsh circumstances and priorities.

Earlier this year, the National Assembly approved its first Welsh tax legislation – the Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016. This provides powers for tax administration, including those to establish the first ever Welsh tax authority – the Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA).

From April 2018, the Welsh Government is looking to have in place a fully-functioning, efficient and effective regime for collecting and managing Welsh taxes.


The WRA will be a new non-Ministerial Department. It will have a board and a chief executive and around 40 members of staff who will be civil servants. Its main purpose will be to administer and collect the new Welsh taxes. Initially these will be Land Transaction Tax (LTT) and Landfill Disposals Tax (LDT), but there is scope for the range of functions undertaken by WRA to develop and expand over time, depending in part on the success of its early operations.

In addition to collecting and administering the new Welsh taxes, the WRA will:

• provide information, advice and assistance about devolved taxes to Welsh Ministers and to taxpayers;

• resolve taxpayer complaints and disputes;

• promote tax compliance;

• protect against tax evasion and tax avoidance; and,

• support the development of Welsh Government tax policy.

The WRA will deliver Welsh Ministers’ tax policy and follow the strategic direction set by them; it will however be operationally independent. It will be accountable to Welsh Ministers and to the National Assembly.

As a new tax body the development and maintenance of good relationships with taxpayers and their agents will be key. It will be vital to offer clarity about its expectations of taxpayers and clarity about the services it will provide to assist taxpayers to help them to meet their tax obligations. It will be critical for the WRA to establish a positive culture of payment of taxes, to promote compliance and to deter avoidance.

An implementation programme within Welsh Government is underway to establish all aspects of the WRA and prepare it for operation. For further information on the WRA and the two devolved taxes please visit the Welsh Government website:

The WRA Board

The WRA board will consist of a non-executive chair, a deputy chair and three other non-executive members, as well as four executive members, including the chief executive and elected staff member.

Person Specification

If you would like to learn more about the roles and to apply, please visit

For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson; Michael Dobson on 020 7426 3968 or Helen Anderson on 0207 426 3977.

Additional Information

The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable, but not essential for these positions. We encourage applications from candidates who speak Welsh.

For further information about the WRA you may wish to visit the Welsh Government’s web site:

How to Apply

You will need to contact our advising consultants GatenbySanderson to access more information on the role and to view the Candidate information pack.

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