As a child Tom’s dyslexia was not recognised and he was regarded as having limited mental capacity. At 21 a lucky break led to Tom becoming responsible for The Imperial Life international conferences, a role he held for 30 years. In the early 1970’s Tom pioneered retirement education for Imperial, along with pastoral schemes. In 1980 he founded his own business to provide Redundancy, Retirement & Pastoral services.
Tom has been a licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England for thirty five years and is active in local churches. Tom and his family moved to Epsom in 1967, where he has always been active in the community. In the 1980’s he led the six working groups seeking to benefit the community when the Epsom Hospital Cluster – five large mental health/capacity institutions – closed. Here he met patients and befriended patients with learning disabilities. Tom then gathered friends to help him. Out of these initiatives grew HELM, later to become a registered charity known as The Ebbisham Association and later renamed The Sunnybank Trust.
In 2012 Tom was awarded an MBE for his charitable work. Tom led Sunnybank from the 1980’s until April 2015 when he was appointed President.