Permanent staff of the OBR
The BRC are supported in their work by the OBR’s permanent staff of 35 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 meets regularly to advise the OBR on its work programme and analytical methods. The current members are: Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL), Kevin Daly (Goldman Sachs), Carl Emmerson (Institute for Fiscal Studies), Jonathan Gillham (PwC), John Llewellyn (Llewellyn Consulting), Professor Andrew Scott (LBS), Professor Peter Spencer (York and ITEM Club), Professor Coen Teulings (Cambridge) and Professor Simon Wren Lewis (Oxford).