Tom has spent 40 years in the housing and care sector. He began his career as a community worker in the inner city of Leicester and retired as Chief Executive of Midland Heart, one of the largest housing and care organisations in the UK, in 2012. Tom has served as a non-executive on a number of housing and care boards and on a number of national working parties and groups. Tom now spends his time writing on social media sites and in Housing Journals on issues relating to leadership, diversity, values and the importance of social housing. He is an ex Chair of Emmaus and a non-executive board member and Chair of Governance at Plus Dane Group. He is also a founder member of SHOUT the campaign for social housing. In 2009 Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham for his leadership in the housing sector.