James Sproule sits on the European advisory board for the strategic consultancy L.E.K., he is the Chief Economist of the Legatum Institute and was Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors from 2014 to 2017. Prior to the IoD he was with the Management Consultancy Accenture, where he led their UK Research team. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist working with Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort, and 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 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.