Former Media, Entertainment and Tech Executive, now investor in start ups
Tom is focused exclusively on the digital and start-up world. He is a founder investor and Chair of three start-ups – Tagsmart, TVbeat and Fusebox Games – as well as an advisor to TheLADbible Group.
Tom has worked in the media and entertainment industry since 1983, spending the first 18 years within advertising sales at ITV, Eurosport and Emap. He made the transition into TV and film programme sales, marketing and distribution in 2001 as Head of Disney-ABC-ESPN Television EMEA. In 2009 was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Endemol Worldwide, joining the main board. He was Head of Partnerships EMEA for Yahoo and prior to that, CEO of Mecom Group. Tom is also Chairman and Founder of the ChildLine Board, part of the NSPCC and a member of the charity’s National Volunteer Board. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015 for services to children. In 2016 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Business and Creative Industries at London South Bank University. He is also a member of BAFTA and The British Screen Advisory Council.
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