Following an open recruitment exercise, Sir Robert Chote has been confirmed as the preferred candidate for the role of the next UK Statistics Authority Chair. Sir Robert will appear before the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) later this month for a pre-appointment hearing.

Sir Robert is a former head of the Office for Budget Responsibility and the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is currently serving part-time as the first chair of the Northern Ireland Fiscal Council, an independent body created in 2021 to bring greater transparency and independent scrutiny to Northern Ireland’s public finances. He also chairs the external advisory group of the Parliamentary Budget Office in the Republic of Ireland.

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Notes to editors

  1. Sir Robert Chote has been Chair of the Northern Ireland Fiscal Council since 2021. Previously he was Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility (2010-20), Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (2002-10), an adviser to senior management at the International Monetary Fund (2000-02), Economics Editor of the Financial Times (1995-1999) and an economics and business writer on The Independent (1990-94).
  2. Sir Robert studied economics at Queens’ College, Cambridge (where he is now an Honorary Fellow), journalism at City University in London and public policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of York and is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London. He was knighted in 2021 for services to fiscal policy and the economy.
  3. As set out by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, the UK Statistics Authority has the statutory objective to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. The Chair of the Authority is a Crown appointment made with the approval of Parliament.