Tom is The Alternative Board’s local Facilitator and Coach for the Harrogate region.
The businesses run by his Board members range from £140million turnover to just a few thousand, and from several hundred employees to business owners with no staff at all.
Tom has a significant breadth of commercial experience having worked as a partner in PKF, a leading national and international firm of accountants, for 27 years.
Tom’s client base included a wide variety of sectors and size of business, from a top ten building society to SMEs, and including Government departments and agencies, and AIM companies.
In addition to client work, Tom ran the Leeds office of PKF for over 15 years, involving eight partners and over 80 staff. This involved an in depth understanding of the motivating factors which drive strong-minded people, in order to harness them together as a team.
Tom subsequently served for four years as an elected member of the firm’s National Management Board, a group of seven people with responsibility for strategic planning and direction for a £100m business with 1,700 people.
His other roles have included being President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2003 – 2005, and being a member of the Council of the University of Leeds for a number of years, latterly as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Tom graduated in Mathematics at New College, Oxford, in 1972, and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1975.
Tom has many years’ experience in helping clients and colleagues focus on what motivates them and how to achieve it, and this exactly suits his role with The Alternative Board.