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Valuation Tribunal Service: member reappointments

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Coalition Government has announced that Peter Lawton, Ronald Barham, Ian Tighe and John O’Shea have been reappointed as members of the Valuation…

The Coalition Government has announced that Peter Lawton, Ronald Barham, Ian Tighe and John O’Shea have been reappointed as members of the Valuation Tribunal Service for a period of 18 months until 30 September 2012, commencing on 1 April 2011.

Notes to editors

Valuation Tribunal Service Board Members have been appointed in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.

Peter Lawton will receive £6,833 per annum and is expected to give 24 days a per annum to his role as Valuation Tribunal Service Deputy Chairman.

Ronald Barham, Ian Tighe, and John O’Shea will receive £5,694 per annum and expected to give 20 days per annum to their role as Valuation Tribunal Service Board members.

Peter Lawton

Peter has served as a member of the Valuation Tribunal Service Board since 2004. He carries with him the continuity and knowledge of the Board’s work thus far, as well as his experience from having served within valuation tribunals, first as member, then Chairman since 1999.

Ronald Barham

Ronald Barham was initially appointed to the Valuation Tribunal Service Board in 2006. He has served on valuation tribunals since 1985 and as a panel Chairman since 1988. He is in judicial practice as an Arbitrator, is a visiting professor to Universities of Applied Sciences in Augsburg and Mainz, Germany, and is a former senior member of the University of Central Lancashire.

John O’Shea

John O’Shea was first appointed to the Valuation Tribunal Service Board in 2008. He has a combination of more than 29 years of service to the valuation tribunal world and a wide experience in the voluntary sector, and experience of leading significant programmes of change and financial audit skills.

Ian Tighe

Ian Tighe was first appointed to the Valuation Tribunal Service Board in 2008. He is a former NHS Trust Director and Secretary with over 30 years experience of work in the public sector, including a major change programme with the London Ambulance Service, and brings to the Board valuable experience in the fields of Information Technology and Estates Management.

All appointments to the Valuation Tribunal Service are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity to be made public if any is declared. No declaration has been made.

The recent Arms Length Bodies review identified the Valuation Tribunal Service as one of those to be abolished, with its functions to be transferred to the Tribunal Service. The jurisdiction of the Valuation Tribunal for England has also been identified for transfer to the First-tier Tribunal.

The Local Government Act 2003 requires that a majority of the Members (including the Chairman and Deputy Chairman) of the Valuation Tribunal Service Board are serving senior members of the Valuation Tribunal for England.

The Members of the Valuation Tribunal Service Board are:

  • Anne Galbraith CBE - Chairman of the - Valuation Tribunal Service appointed until March 2012
  • Peter Lawton - Deputy Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal Service and
    Valuation Tribunal for England Chairman - appointed until September 2012
  • Ian Tighe - Member of the Valuation Tribunal Service - appointed until September 2012
  • John O’Shea - Member of the Valuation Tribunal Service and Valuation Tribunal for England Chairman - appointed until September 2012
  • Ronald Barham - Member of the Valuation Tribunal Service and Valuation Tribunal for England Chairman - appointed until September 2012
  • Margaret May - Member of the Valuation Tribunal Service - appointed from 1 April 2010 until March 2013
  • Professor Graham Zellick CBE QC - President of the Valuation Tribunal for England - ex officio member of the Valuation Tribunal Service.

Background

The Valuation Tribunal for England hears appeals against valuations for business rates and valuations and liability for council tax.

The Valuation Tribunal Service was established in April 2004 as a non-departmental public body under the Local Government Act 2003. It provides support and guidance to the Valuation Tribunal for England and advises Ministers on matters relating to valuation tribunals. It promotes best practice and provides the services required for the operation of the Valuation Tribunal for England for example, accommodation and training for members and employees.

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