Tommy is a social entrepreneur whose career spans politics, banking, corporate communications, social marketing and social businesses.
From Northern Ireland with a degree in economics at Leeds, Tommy was elected National Treasurer and head of the international department of the National Union of Students and was appointed the first Chair of the European Students Bureau (ESIB). He led the merger of the two UK student commercial companies (NUS Services Ltd and NSSO Ltd) and was a Director of Endsleigh Insurances Services Ltd.
Tommy then joined NatWest Group where he worked as an aerospace analyst, European markets analyst before being appointed Political Adviser which he did for three years and coincided with the takeover battle with Royal Bank of Scotland. He stood for the UK Parliament as the Labour candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green in the 1997 general election.
Leaving NatWest, Tommy became Director of the Industry Forum developing relations between the business community and governments in UK, Brussels and USA. He led two delegations to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.
During this period Tommy developed his interest and passion for social entrepreneurship. He chaired a youth charity ‘Kikass’ and created a series of social businesses in events, media and marketing before founding i-genius, a world community of social entrepreneurs. i-genius has members in over 200 countries. It promotes its members, organises events and provides training through its new social business school, i-genius Academy.
He is Visiting Fellow at Liverpool Hope University, adviser to Hunan University (Changsha), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and trustee of Maytree Respite Centre for the suicidal. He co-authored a booklet entitled ‘A risky business.’