Tom is a strong advocate for diversity in the technology sector in general and in his own company, Crossword. He speaks regularly on the topic at various industry forums and mentors a number of up and coming ethnic minority entrepreneurs. Also a clear voice on ethnic minority inclusivity in the BBC Boardroom and a visible presence to the ethnic minority community within the BBC, he expects to become an increasing presence around ethnic minority issues in the media industry. Externally, Tom is Founder and Chair of the African Science Academy based in Ghana. ASA is Africa’s leading girls science and maths academy, with all girls on full scholarships. The young women have gone on to win admission and scholarships to study computer science and engineering at universities in Africa, UK and the USA so far. He is also Chair of ADA College, the National College for Digital Skills, based in Tottenham, North London. Tom was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by City University of London, and a Beacon Award for his philanthropic work in African communities. He was also ranked top of the Powerlist in 2017.
As founder and CEO of Crossword, Tom ensures that inclusivity in all respects is integrated throughout the organisation. He leads by example and uses his status in the tech industry to talk about diversity and inclusion, speaking on diversity and his own experience and journey as a BAME executive at corporate events on a regular basis. Externally, his main focus is secondary education, specifically STEM where BAME people are underrepresented. He is Founder and Chair of the African Science Academy, Africa’s first all-girls science and technology academy and Chair of ADA College, UK’s National College for Digital Skills, based in Tottenham, which has a large BAME student population. Tom is also a Non Executive Director of the BBC.