Revenue Scotland launches search for chief executive



Revenue Scotland chair Dr Keith Nicholson
Revenue Scotland chair Dr Keith Nicholson

The Scottish Government is searching for a new chief executive to head up Revenue Scotland, the body responsible for collecting devolved taxes like the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax.

The permanent full-time role - which involves 42 hours of work per week - comes with a salary of £80,000.

The job advertisement says the tax body is searching for a chief executive with “the drive and ambition to lead the organisation through an exciting period of consolidation and development”.

Writing on the recruitment website, Revenue Scotland chair Dr Keith Nicholson said: “This is an unprecedented opportunity to shape and deliver Scotland’s tax vision, leading a close-knit and dedicated team of tax professionals who are committed to enhancing Revenue Scotland’s  reputation for excellence in administering devolved taxes  effectively, efficiently and securely.

“If you agree, and if you believe you have the credentials and qualities we are looking for in the Chief Executive, then I would encourage you to apply so we can explore this exciting opportunity with you.”

Dr Nicholson discusses the role further in a short online video.

Eleanor Emberson, the veteran civil servant who served in the role since its creation, is leaving to take up another government post.

A spokesperson for Revenue Scotland said: “Eleanor Emberson has led the work to create Revenue Scotland since October 2012, combining this with her role leading Financial Strategy in Scottish government until October 2014. She has played an invaluable role in ensuring the successful development and launch of Scotland’s first national tax authority in more than 300 years.

“She is, as intended, moving on to new challenges. She feels the timing of this move will give a new chief executive the time to familiarise themselves with the post.”



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