IoD chief economist heads to Yorkshire for key business debates

James Sproule, chief economist at the Institute of Directors (IoD), will be in Yorkshire next week to take part in two high-profile business debates.

James, who is also Director of Policy at the IoD, will be at Humber Business Week on Thursday (4 June) to take part in the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Forum – Going for Growth. The agenda will focus on business growth and opportunities for the Humber economy.

Joining James at the Forum will be Prof Chris Bovis from Hull University Business School; LEP chairman Lord Christopher Haskins; and LEP business development board chairman Paul Sewell.

On the previous day, Wednesday 3 June, James will be a guest at the Women in Business round table event at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in York, chaired by the IoD deputy chairman Nimble Thompson and in collaboration with HSBC, Forward Ladies and Microsoft.

The round table, one of a series in Yorkshire, provides an opportunity for women leaders to share insights on the challenges they face in their leadership role and how support for leadership development is key to enabling more female leaders to progress.

Following the round table, James will host a Leaders’ Dinner in the Chairman’s Suite at the Grand Hotel & Spa, York.

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

James Sproule
James Sproule



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