Candidates for a non-executive member of the OBR are sought to replace Sir Christopher Kelly, whose second term ends on 20 June 2023. This position presents a rare opportunity to play a key role in the governance of the UK’s independent fiscal council, which operates at the heart of the UK Government’s fiscal policy framework.
The three members of the OBR who constitute the Budget Responsibility Committee (BRC), including the Chair of the OBR, have executive responsibility for the OBR’s core functions, including producing the economic and fiscal forecasts that the Government adopts as the official forecasts for the annual Budget.
The non-executive member will join the Oversight Board to provide strategic leadership of the OBR and to ensure it is managed efficiently and effectively. The non-executive members play an important role in safeguarding the independence of the OBR, providing support and constructive challenge to the executive BRC members.
In accordance with the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act (2011), following the recruitment process, the Chair of the OBR, Richard Hughes, will make a recommendation on the appropriate candidate to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who will make the final appointment.
This role requires excellent judgement, undisputed integrity and proven independence, combined with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Candidates will be expected to have a deep understanding of the role and functions of the OBR and be able to demonstrate that they have experience of providing strategic leadership in an organisation at a very senior level.
The appointment will be for a fixed term of three years and members can serve a maximum of two terms.
This is a part-time role, with an anticipated time commitment of around 6 days per year. The position will not be remunerated. Reasonable expenses will be paid. The role does not require UK nationality.
Applications for this role must arrive no later than 17:00 on 17 March.
Interviews are expected to take place in April and an announcement about the appointment is expected in May.
Bronwyn Curtis’s term comes to an end in June 2024. In the event that more than one candidate meets the required standard and is willing to defer taking up the position until that date, we may appoint both non-executive members within this single recruitment process.