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Ben Powell, Lead Partner, Local Government Tax team, Deloitte | LinkedIn Profile

Ben Powell, Lead Partner, Local Government Tax team, Deloitte

Ben is the lead partner for Deloitte’s Local Government Tax team, providing advice primarily on VAT but also other taxes such as NNDR, employment taxes and corporation tax. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and has over 15 years’ experience advising public sector organisations and a variety of private sector clients. Ben and his team provide advice on structuring, refund claims and compliance issues and have added value to numerous local authorities by reducing indirect tax costs and maximising cashflow through careful planning.


Mark Dyer, Local Government VAT Lead, Deloitte UK | LinkedIn Profile

Mark Dyer, Local Government VAT Lead, Deloitte UK

As the national lead for Deloitte’s local government VAT team, Mark provides and co-ordinates ad hoc VAT and tax advisory support to Deloitte’s local authority clients. Mark also sits on the CIPFA VAT Committee, and has in-house experience having spent 18 months on secondment to the largest local authority in Europe. He has previously worked in industry in direct taxes and started his VAT career with HM Customs & Excise in 1994. He has over 20 years' experience advising public sector organisations, as well as a diverse range of private sector clients. This broad experience means that he is able to bring cross-sector best practice to complex structural and transformational change within client organisations.


Jen Thompson, Local Government VAT Consultant - Tax Advisory Service (North) | LinkedIn Profile

Jen Thompson, Local Government VAT Consultant - Tax Advisory Service (North)

Jen is a chartered tax adviser and has over 10 years’ experience as a VAT adviser to a broad range of organisations including local authorities, academies, VA schools, non-departmental government bodies, charities, trusts and commercial businesses. Since joining Deloitte in January 2012, she has become an active member of the firm's local government team, providing helpline support and technical updates at Deloitte/CIPFA Local Government events. Jen has gained valuable insight into the sector by providing long term on-site support to a local authority, developing and delivering VAT training programmes, advising VA schools and academies, liaising with HMRC on behalf of clients and alternative delivery model forecasting.

T: 0115 936 3749 E: jthompson@deloitte.co.uk


Chris Cherrill, Local Government VAT Associate Director – Tax Advisory Service (South) | LinkedIn Profile

Chris Cherrill, Local Government VAT Associate Director – Tax Advisory Service (South)

Since joining Deloitte in September 2011, Chris’ work has focused mostly on local government VAT and tax and he has been supporting the delivery of the CIPFA/Deloitte tax advisory service since its inception.

Chris has experience in identifying, processing and dealing with HMRC in relation to claims for overpaid VAT. He has been responsible for delivering VAT process and control reviews for local authorities, either as part of an internal audit process or independently. Chris works closely with the rest of the Deloitte Local Government team to deliver VAT advice and implementation support for clients undergoing strategic change in terms of delivery models and asset realisation.

T: 01293 761 296 E: chcherrill@deloitte.co.uk