James was a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute from 2017 to 2019, prior to that he was from 2014 to 2017 Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors. Before the IoD, he led Accenture’s UK Research team. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist working with Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort, and he eventually helped to found the boutique bank Augusta and Company.
Before embarking on a career in finance, James was a signals officer in the Royal Navy, where he remains an honorary Commander. James Sproule sits on the European advisory board for the strategic management consultancy L.E.K., he 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.