All classification decisions are agreed by the ONS Economic Statistics Classification Committee (ESCC), a committee of national accounts experts.
ESCC has a membership of around 15 and is chaired by a senior member of the ONS Directorate responsible for the national accounts. The Chair appoints ONS colleagues with relevant expertise as members, including “full members” who have the additional responsibility of taking certain classification decisions on behalf of the Director of National Accounts and Economic Statistics.
The ESCC Chair may also appoint external experts to join ESCC in an advisory role where their expertise will be helpful in interpreting statistical guidance in relation to a specific case.
Current members of the ESCC are:
David Bailey – Assistant Deputy Director: Government, Corporations and Classifications division
Andrew Walton – Assistant Deputy Director: National Accounts Co-ordination division
Jacqui Jones – Deputy Director: Government, Corporations and Classifications division
Leonidas Akritidis - Flow of Funds branch
David Hobbs – Head of Accountancy Advice branch
Pete Lee – Assistant Deputy Director, Expenditure Household and Economic Indicators division
Phillip Lee – National Accounts Corporations and Non-financial Accounts Methods and Systems Development
Sanjiv Mahajan – Head of National Accounts System Support, Maintenance and Change branch
Walter Mkandawire – National Accounts Central Methods Coordination and Advice branch
Katherine Mills – Head of Local Government Delivery branch
Jim O'Donoghue – Methodology Advisory Service and former Head of Public Sector Finances branch
Peter Patterson – Deputy Director, Office of the Chief Economic Advisor
Joshua Abramsky – National Accounts Central Systems Methods and System Developments branch
Steve Milton – Accountancy Advice branch
Eduardo Moskalenko – Public Sector Accounts Implementation branch
Bob Richards – Head of Central Government Delivery Delivery branch