Tom’s first business, started from the back of a van, grew to become Europe’s largest independent sports retailer, Sports Division. He sold the business in 1998 for £290m going on to establish his private equity business, West Coast Capital (“WCC”) and philanthropy, The Hunter Foundation (“THF”)
WCC invests in brands, property, ecommerce and big data analytics. With his wife Marion THF has invested in excess of £55m in entrepreneurship and enterprise, poverty alleviation and education.
By way of example in entrepreneurship THF co-invested with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc and the Scottish Government to extend, remodel and accelerate a fund to support Scotland’s nascent high growth businesses, the Scottish Edge www.scotedge.com
Tom sits on the Presidential Advisory Council of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He was Knighted in 2005 for services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy and was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2013.