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The Economic Statistics Classification Committee (ESCC)

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

Deputy Chairs

Andrew Walton – Assistant Deputy Director: National Accounts Co-ordination division

Jacqui Jones – Deputy Director: Government, Corporations and Classifications division

Full members

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

Training members

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

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