A diverse message

Women in Tax aims to raise the voices of women working in all spheres of tax, writes Georgiana Head

Women in Tax is quite simply a network for women working in tax – in the profession, in-house, HMRC or anywhere else. Founded in London in 2015 by Heather Self, who is a tax partner at Blick Rothenberg and former Chair of the CIOT Technical Committee, Women in Tax now has branches throughout the UK.

Initially, the idea of Women in Tax – or WIT as it is affectionately known – was to raise the voice of women working in tax, and to try and stop 'Manels' (all-male panels) at key events in the tax industry. I remember the event which kicked off the idea for the network. The Chair congratulated the panel for being diverse, as it included a tax lawyer as well as accountants and tax advisers. All the panellists were white and male!