Tax Assurance Commissioner and Chief Executive

Melissa Tatton

Melissa Tatton


Melissa joined the Inland Revenue as a graduate tax inspector in 1989 and has forged a successful career as a leader across a wide range of roles.

She took up her current post as Chief Executive of the Valuation Office Agency in September 2017, and was additionally appointed as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Tax Assurance Commissioner in October 2019.

Melissa is a member of HMRC’s Executive Committee, chair of the HMRC Professional Standards Committee, and head of the government tax profession.

She previously held a number of senior posts in HMRC, including:

  • Director for Individuals and Small Business Compliance (2014 to 2017)
  • Director, Large Business Service (2011 to 2014)
  • Deputy Director, Business International (2009 to 2011)

Melissa was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2016.

Tax Assurance Commissioner

HMRC’s Tax Assurance Commissioner is the Head of Profession for Tax, and oversees and provides assurance of large tax settlements.

The Commissioner oversees the assurance and dispute governance arrangements that allow Parliament and the public to be confident that HMRC secures the right tax under the law when resolving tax disputes.

The Commissioner does not directly engage with taxpayers to discuss their specific tax liabilities, nor or they responsible for the HMRC operational units that manage taxpayers’ compliance.

HM Revenue & Customs

Chief Executive

The Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA’s) Chief Executive is accountable for the day-to-day operations and management of the whole agency. They are also the appointed Accounting Officer. Responsibilities include:

  • ensuring propriety, regularity, value for money of public funds
  • efficient and effective use of all resources

Valuation Office Agency