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For me, an entrepreneur is somebody who sees an opportunity and is able to reach out and grasp it for their own benefit - the benefit of their family, their business - and very importantly, for the benefit of the community


10 July 1940


St Mary's Primary School and Holy Cross Adacemy, Edinburgh

Family Status

Married - 37 years, wife Anne. One daughter (36), One son (35)


Sir Tom is the founder of Kwik-Fit. 

Present Appointments

Chairman - Scotland Against Drugs Campaign

Chairman of the Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Non-Executive Director - My Travel Group plc

Member of the Development Board of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Trustee of the Clerk Maxwell Cancer Research Fund

President Queen Margaret University College Foundation

Honorary President of the Entrepreneurial Exchange

Honours & Awards

2002    Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University College, Queen Margaret Uni.

2000    Recipient of the Golden Plate Award - American Academy of Achievement

1999    Scotland's Elite Leader of the Year Award

1998    The Institute of Management Gold Medal

1997    Knights Bachelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

1997    Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St Gregory the Great

1996    Degree of Doctor honoris causa, University of Edinburgh

1996    Entrepreneurial Exchange - Exceptional Achievement Award

1996    Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology, Glasgow Caledonian University

1996    Clydesdale Bank Corporate Citizenship Award

1996    Officer in de Orde van Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands

1994    Fellow of the Scottish Vocation Education Council

1993    Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration, Napier University

1993    The Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

1990    CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

1989    Scottish Businessman of the Year

Registered in Scotland. Company registration number SC160976.
Registered office: Barncluith Business Centre, Townhead Street, Hamilton, ML3 7DP. Developed by Mercurytide