Valuation Tribunal Service
The VTS supports the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE) by arranging or providing accommodation, staff, IT, equipment, training and general advice.
It is sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The VTS works in accordance with a corporate governance framework and requirements laid down by its sponsoring department.
The VTS Board is made up of a Chairman and members appointed by the Secretary of State. The majority of Board members must be chairmen of the VTE. The President of the VTE is an ex-officio member of the Board.
There is currently a vacancy for the Chairman of the VTS, as the appointment of Anne Galbraith CBE ended on 31 October 2016 after 13 years.
The Acting Chairman is John O’Shea, who is a chairman of the VTE.
The VTS appoints a Chief Executive with the consent of the Secretary of State. Tony Masella has been Chief Executive since 2 July 2009.
The VTS has a Head Office based in London and about 60 other staff working in offices in London and Doncaster, or from their homes. Administrators and case managers assist in the day-to-day operations, acting as contact points with the parties to appeals, giving general advice about the process, making arrangements for hearings and sending out notices and guidance. Tribunal clerks attend hearings to welcome those who attend and to advise the VTE members on points of procedure and law.
The national clerk or Registrar provides advice and support to the President and gives professional guidance to staff. Jon Bestow was appointed to this role in June 2009.