Tom founded Enabling Enterprise in 2009, whilst a business and enterprise teacher in Hackney in East London through the Teach First programme. His time in teaching convinced him that there was a fundamental gap in what children and young people were getting out of their education.
As a social enterprise, Enabling Enterprise is driven to ensure that students of all backgrounds develop the essential skills that they need to be successful, alongside good qualifications. These communication, interpersonal, self-management and problem-solving skills are widely cited by employers and educators as critical.
Now in its tenth year, Enabling Enterprise is working with over 200,000 students across the country from bases in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Alongside this, the Skills Builder Partnership is now bringing together more than 540 schools and colleges, 130 employers and 50 other skills-building organisations around a common language and approach to building essential skills, drawn from the Enabling Enterprise approach.
Tom’s work has been recognised with the Teach First Excellence Award, and he was also the 2009 UK Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year. Tom has served as a non-executive director of Teach First and has also been recognised as one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs by being elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2017. He holds a BA in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.
His first book, The Missing Piece was published by John Catt Publishing in October 2017.