Sir James Spooner

Sir James Spooner

Background

Sir James Spooner is the honorary treasurer of the UK climate science denying think tank the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Spooner is also a former chairman of Barclays Bank and Sainsbury’s supermarket. He was also once the chairman of the Royal Opera and is a chairman of the Prince’s Trust – a charity founded by Prince Charles to help young people get jobs, education and training.

Key Quotes

Speaking to the Guardian about donating to the GWPF, Spooner said:

I’m a very small contributor – a four-figure number at the most.” He added that the foundation received “no money from companies whatsoever, nor from anybody anywhere near the energy industry in its broadest sense. The foundation is funded by individuals, foundations and trusts, but their identity is confidential.” 

Key Deeds

January 2011

The Guardian revealed Sir James Spooner as a GWPF funder following the think tank publishing its annual accounts listing Spooner as the honorary treasurer.