IoD chief economist to review budget highlights

James Sproule, chief economist of the Institute of Directors (IoD), will be discussing the Budget highlights with business leaders during a two-day visit to Yorkshire and the Humber next week.

James, who is also Director of Policy at the IoD, will give his reaction to the Budget at a breakfast briefing on Thursday, 19 March at the offices of Lupton Fawcett Denison Till in Leeds.

Prior to joining the IoD in January 2014, James was head of UK Research and Global CAP Markets Reseach at Accenture. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist and before that was a signals officer in the Royal Navy.

James stood for Parliament at the 2005 General Election and was for seven years a visiting fellow in the Department of Management Economics at the London School of Economics.

IoD regional director Natalie Sykes said: “We’re delighted to have James visit the region and share his considerable experience and insights with IoD members and non-members. I’m sure he will generate a lively debate as he takes part in several high profile events during his two-day tour of Yorkshire and the Humber.”

In addition to the breakfast briefing on 19 March, James will be attending:

  • Wednesday 18 March – a private IoD dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Leeds – just after Chancellor George Osborne delivers his pre-election Budget.
  • Thursday 19 March – Inside Track with the Bank of England at the White Hart Hotel, Harrogate, 12 noon. Will Holman, the Bank of England’s Deputy Agent will give an overview of the Bank’s latest report
  • Thursday 19 March – ‘The Big Debate – Humber Growth – just how far can it go and what are the risks’ at the University of Hull Business School, 5.30pm-7pm.  This will feature a panel of Humber business leaders who will discuss the region’s current business climate and look forward to 2016 and beyond.

Joining James Sproule on the panel will be Lord Haskins, chair of Humber LEP; Jon Moss of C4Di – Centre for Digital Innovation, Hull; Sarah Longthorn of Wedge Welly and vice chair of East Yorkshire IoD; Professor Chris Bovis of the University of Hull Business School; and Mike Parker, vice chair of Humber LEP and chair of governors at Grimsby Institute.

James Sproule
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