Tom took early retirement in 2021 from Accenture - where he was the managing director leading the firm's European government relations function - after a career that saw him working in the UK and Belgium, along with four years as a senior diplomat in Japan. Tom has epilepsy and it was a short spell in ICU after an episode of status epilepticus that served as the catalyst for him to retire and focus his efforts on working in areas where he has skin in the game. He is a trustee at charities that support people with epilepsy and arthritis, and a crisis volunteer at Shout. He is passionate about the arts - particularly the creative arts and especially photography. Tom is married to Barbara and has two adult sons along with two rescue pointers, Flo and Theo. The dogs let him think he's the pack leader. Tom McLaughlan joined the board of trustees in 2022.