Permanent staff of the OBR
The BRC are supported in their work by the OBR’s permanent staff of 45 civil servants, led by Steve Farrington. The staff work in teams covering: economic forecasting and analysis; fiscal forecasting and analysis; welfare forecasting and analysis; sustainability analysis; and strategy, communications and operations. OBR staff vacancies are advertised openly where possible and applications for externally advertised posts are welcome from both inside and outside the civil service.
The OBR’s Oversight Board ensures that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control. It consists of the three members of the BRC, plus two non-executive members, currently Sir Christopher Kelly and Bronwyn Curtis OBE.
The OBR’s advisory panel of economic and fiscal experts was established in 2011 to help develop and scrutinise our work programme and methods. We are currently updating the way we conduct external engagement at the OBR, including drawing on a broader range of experts who we work with on a topic-led basis, complemented by our regular engagement with think tanks and research institutions alongside each forecast. You can find out more about our new advisory panel approach and express your interest in joining via our news post.