– Tom Bloxham MBE (49) is Chairman and major shareholder of award winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has won 340 awards to date for architecture, regeneration, design and business success.
– Tom is chair of the Manchester International Arts Festival. In 2008 he was elected as Chancellor of the University of Manchester and is a trustee of the Manchester United Foundation Charity. In 2009 he was appointed by the Prime Minister as a Trustee of the Tate.
– Previously he was Chair of the Centre for Cities think tank, a position he held for five years until 2010. He was also a director of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Company, Chair Arts Council England North West
– Tom was awarded an MBE in 1999 for his services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration. Other awards to date include; The College of Estate Management Property Award (2008); The RSA Bicentenary Medal (2008); North West Insider Property Personality of the Year (2004); Building Magazine Property Entrepreneur Award (2003); the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Award (2002) and the Ernst & Young National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1999).
– He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and has received a number of Honorary degrees and doctorates: Doctor of Design from University of Bristol and an Honorary degree from University of Manchester (2007); the Honorary degree of Doctor of Design from Oxford Brookes University (2004); he is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire (2003) and of John Moores University in Liverpool (2001). He also received an Honorary Fellowship to the University of Cumbria in 2010.
– Tom started out selling fire extinguishers door to door, then while at Manchester University studying politics and history started selling sold records and posters from market stalls. He established and subsequently sold the Baa Bar chain as well as a local radio station.