Budget Responsibility Committee

The OBR is led by the three members of the Budget Responsibility Committee (BRC). They have executive responsibility for the core functions of the OBR, including the judgements reached in its forecasts. They are:

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Richard Hughes


Formerly Director of Fiscal Policy and Acting Chief Economist at HM Treasury, Division Chief in the International Monetary Fund, Research Associate at the Resolution Foundation, Advisor to the French Government, and Visiting Lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris and the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.

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Andy King

Member of the Budget Responsibility Committee

Formerly Chief of Staff at the OBR for five years, and head of the Fiscal Policy team and Macroeconomic Coordination & Strategy team at HM Treasury. A technical adviser to the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department since 2014.

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Prof. David Miles CBE

Member of the Budget Responsibility Committee

Formerly member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England and Chief Economist at Morgan Stanley. Currently holds a Professorship at Imperial College, London, and is a member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland.

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.

Oversight Board

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.

Advisory panel

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.


Organisational chart of the OBR January 2022