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Tom's biography

Tom took up the position of Chief Executive of Leeds City Council in August 2010. He is the youngest Chief Executive in the history of the council.  In his first year, Leeds has set a new ambition to be the Best Council in the Best City in the UK, achieved over £50m of efficiency savings without reductions in front-line services, secured good quality assessments across adult social care, fostering, adoption and youth offending services, started building a state of the art Arena, launched an initiative to improve the insulation of thousands of households through the Wrap Up Leeds project, doubled the number of apprentices in the city, delivered a £60m independent living accommodation scheme for people with learning disabilities and taken children’s services out of special measures.
Tom was born and educated in North Yorkshire and graduated from Trinity College, Oxford in 1989. He joined the Whitehall fast stream in 1990 and progressed quickly, specialising in environmental policy and representing the UK in international negotiations on climate change and endangered species.

Tom gained a first class Masters in Business Administration at Imperial College in 1997.  After setting up the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward, he became its Chief Executive in 2006, supporting 10,000 businesses during the recession, completing award-winning regeneration developments and pioneering low carbon initiatives.  

Tom has recently been involved in leading the Commission on the Future of Local Government and in helping to develop Leeds’ City Deal. Tom is also a member of the NHS Futures Forum and Lord Stevens’ Commission on the Future of Policing.  As one of Bradford University’s honorary graduates in July 2008, Tom became a Doctor of Letters.

He is married to Louise, has two children Joe and Amy and is a keen footballer and Middlesbrough supporter.

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