Morton replaces John Whiting, who is retiring as OTS tax director after six years in the role. Whiting will remain at the OTS to handover to Morton.
Morton, who will also join the OTS board as a non-executive member from January, will be responsible for providing expert advice, guidance and direction.
He announced his retirement as head of group tax at RELX Group plc, and will leave when a successor is appointed.
Angela Knight, chair of the OTS
Paul is a first-class candidate whose expertise covers a broad range of tax issues
Morton is also vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Tax Commission and deputy chairman of the British Branch of the International Fiscal Association.
He is a member of the CBI Tax Committee, 100 Group Tax Committee, Council of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, Tax Law Review Committee and Business & Industry Advisory Committee to OECD, as well as HMRC’s Business Tax Forum and HMRC’s Large Corporates Forum.
He has previously held positions at Royal Dutch Shell, KPMG and the Inland Revenue and has been a council member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the founder and chairman of the CIOT European Branch and president of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne.
Angela Knight, chair of the OTS said she was “delighted to welcome Paul to the OTS”.
She added, “Paul is a first-class candidate whose expertise covers a broad range of tax issues. The OTS will benefit greatly from his appointment.”
“He will bring valuable skills, expertise and experience which will increase the ability of the OTS to build on its achievements in simplifying the tax system and make the most of its new status as a permanent, statutory body.”
Jane Ellison, financial secretary to the Treasury added, “The OTS has a vital role to play in advising the government on ways to simplify the tax system for the businesses and individuals who use it, and Paul’s appointment will help the OTS make real progress in achieving that.”
Knight and Ellison both thanked Whiting for his contribution over the past six years.
“Paul will take over as tax director knowing that the OTS has been put on the best possible footing for the future because of John’s excellent work,” Knight added.