The Chancellor of the Exchequer has nominated Tom Josephs to join the OBR’s Budget Responsibility Committee (BRC). If the nomination is approved by the Treasury Select Committee, Tom will replace Andy King as the fiscal expert on the BRC later this year.

Tom Josephs is currently Director of Private Pensions Policy at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He was previously the Director of Fiscal Group at HM Treasury between September 2019 and August 2022. Between September 2016 and September 2019, he worked as the Director of Policy at the Department for International Trade. Prior to that he was a Senior Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund between 2013 and 2016 and the OBR’s first Chief of Staff between 2010 and 2013.

Richard Hughes said:

“I welcome the Chancellor’s decision to nominate Tom Josephs to succeed Andy King on the OBR’s Budget Responsibility Committee, pending confirmation by the Treasury Committee.”

“Tom is a highly respected expert in the UK’s public finances whose wide-ranging experience includes senior posts in the OBR, HM Treasury, IMF, and DWP. His knowledge and judgement would be invaluable to our work as the UK’s official economic and fiscal forecaster.”

Read more in the Treasury’s news story.