Tom Spencer
United Kingdom

GMACCC Vice Chairman and Former President European Parliament Comm. on Foreign Affairs

Tom Spencer divides his time between the academic and political worlds.  He writes and lectures widely on Europe, lobbying, public affairs, the environment and foreign policy.

He was MEP for Derbyshire from 1979-84 and for Surrey from 1989-99.  He was Chairman of the Conservatives in the European Parliament 1994-97.  From 1997-99 he was President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Defence Policy.

Mr Spencer is Vice Chairman of the Institute for Environmental Security 2002-, and Vice Chairman of its Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change 2012-.  He was President of GLOBE International (Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment) 1995-99.  He was Chairman of Counterpart Europe 2000-02, an NGO active in sixty countries; a Commissioner of the Commission on Globalisation 2000-03 and Visiting Professor of Global Governance at the University of Surrey 2000-04.  From 1995-2010 he was an Advisor to the Symposia on Religion, Science & the Environment organised by His All Holiness the Patriarch of Constantinople. 

He is Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at the Universities of Brunel and Chester, and is a member of the Professional Practice Panel of the European Public Affairs Consultants’ Association (EPACA). He was Associate Dean of Templeton College, Oxford from 1984-89 and founding Executive Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs from 1987-89.  He served a second term as Executive Director from 1999-2011. 

His books, “Public Affairs and Power: Essays in a Time of Fear”, “Everything Flows: Essays on Public Affairs and Change” and “Challenge & Response: Essays on Public Affairs & Transparency”, “The Future of Public Trust: Public Affairs in a Time of Crisis” are available from 

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