My name's Tom and my pronouns are they/them.
My background is in UK climate politics and communications, but I also have wider experience in Westminster parliamentary affairs, grassroots activism and LGBTIQA+ campaigning. I have also written for publications including the Times and the i newspaper, and have appeared on BBC TV and radio, as well as LBC.
I'm currently studying a part-time masters degree in Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex (2020-2022), and am due to start studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism with PA Training from September 2021 to July 2022.
Politics and communications
I've been involved in politics for nearly 10 years, at the local, regional, national and international level, including as a candidate in two Westminster parliamentary elections.
This has given me an excellent foundation of political intelligence and strategic communications.
My main policy interest is in the climate emergency.
According to the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, we need "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" in order to avoid climate catastrophe.
This is the focus of most of my writing, campaigning and professional life.
I founded a campaign called Include Mx in November 2020.
Include Mx is a campaign which celebrates organisations that include the gender-neutral title Mx on their forms, and encourages other organisations to add Mx if they have a title field.
The campaign has been featured in Metro, the i newspaper and PinkNews, and has successfully encouraged Next, River Island and Wilko to add Mx to their forms.