Robert Chote has been Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility since October 2010, having been reappointed for a second five-year term in 2015.
Previously Robert served as Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 2002 to 2010, as an advisor to senior management at the International Monetary Fund from 1999 to 2002, as Economics Editor of the Financial Times from 1995 to 1999, and as an economics and business writer on the Independent and Independent on Sunday from 1990 to 1994.
Robert is chair of the Royal Statistical Society’s advisory group on public data literacy. He is also a member of the Finance Committee of the University of Cambridge and the advisory committees of the ESRC Centre for Macroeconomics and the Oxford Institute of Economic Policy (Oxonia). He is also a governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
Robert was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge (where he is now an Honorary Fellow), at City University in London and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He also has an honorary doctorate from the University of York.
Robert is married to Sharon White, chief executive of the communications regulator Ofcom. She has also been appointed a trustee of Sadler’s Wells (from November 2017) and a non-executive director of Barratt Developments (from January 2018).