All classification decisions are approved by the ONS National Accounts Classification Committee (NACC), a committee of national accounts experts.
NACC has a membership of around 15 and the Chair of the NACC will be a senior member of staff in the ONS Directorate responsible for the National Accounts, appointed by the Executive Director.
The Chair of NACC appoints ONS staff with relevant expertise as members, including up to five Executive Members who authorises the more straightforward classification decisions.
The Executive Director may also appoint external experts to join NACC, regularly or for a particular case, where their expertise will be helpful in interpreting statistical guidance.
Current members of NACC are:
Graeme Walker - Deputy Director: National Accounts Coordination Division
Peter Patterson - Deputy Director: Office of the Chief Economic Advisor
David Hobbs - Branch Head: Accountancy Advice
Iain Bell - Deputy Director: Public Sector and Households Division
Andrew Walton - Branch Head: National Accounts Coordination
Jim O'Donoghue - Methodologist: Methodology Advisory Service and Former Branch Head: Public Sector Finances
Sanjiv Mahajan - Branch Head: International Coordination
John Bundey - Branch Head: BoP investment Income and Coordination
Steve Drew - Branch Head: National Accounts Methods Development
David Bailey - Branch Head: Public Sector Finances
Ian Richardson - Branch Head: Local Government and Public Corporations
Phil Davies - Branch Head: Sector and Financial Accounts
Jacqui Jones - Deputy Director: Business Indicators and Balance of Payments Division
Katherine Mills - Branch Head: Central Government
Phillip Lee - Eurostat