About Tom

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Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University. I was previously the foreign policy adviser to three UK Prime Ministers (2007-11) and the UK’s Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15). More recently I was a Visiting Professor at New York University (2015-20), advised the Global Business Coalition for Education, and chaired the International Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation. In 2018 I founded The Foundation for Opportunity which supports good people doing good things in public life.
I led a review of British diplomacy for the UK Foreign Office in 2016, and on the future of the United Nations for the UN Secretary General in 2017. Plus a report in 2018 on the skills the next generation need to thrive in the 21st century.
I’ve published three books. ‘The Naked Diplomat: Power and Politics in the Digital Age’ (Harper Collins, June 2016), ‘Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux’ (Harper Collins, February 2022) and ‘The Ambassador’ (Canelo, August 2022).
I live in Oxford with Louise and my two sons Charlie and Theo.