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Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer is Vice Chairman of the Institute for Environmental Security in The Hague, Executive Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs and Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at Brunel University, Uxbridge.

He worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co and was then Assistant to the Director of the "Britain in Europe" Referendum Campaign in 1975. He worked in the United States Senate and then joined J Walter Thompson & Co where he was responsible for the Guinness advertising. He was Associate Dean of Templeton College, Oxford from 1984-1989 and founding Executive Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs from 1987 to 1989.

A Member of the European Parliament for Derbyshire from 1979 to 1984 and for Surrey from 1989-1999, he was Chairman of the Conservatives in the European Parliament (the British Section of the European People's Party Group) 1994-97 and Chairman of the EP-Czech Joint Parliamentary Committee for the same period. From 1997-99 he was President of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Defence Policy.

As a committed environmentalist he was, from 1995-99, President of GLOBE International (Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment). He was Chairman of Counterpart Europe (2000-2002) an NGO active in sixty countries. He was a Commissioner of the Commission on Globalisation (2000-2003). He was Visiting Professor of Global Governance at the University of Surrey (2000-2004). He is a Director of Action for a Global Climate Community. He is a member of the Conservative Party's Quality of Life Group on Climate Change 2006.

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