Tom Hoffman enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the City of London, before retiring in 2003.
After reading Law at the University of Exeter, he worked for the accounting companies Spicer & Pegler and Arthur Andersen from 1963, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1971.
He then joined the corporate finance department of a merchant bank, subsequently moving into international banking where he worked in the international capital markets before being appointed to general management positions in such well-known institutions as Hill Samuel & Co, Lloyds Bank International, Fuji International Finance and Espirito Santo plc.
Tom Hoffman's interests encompass education, music, museums and hospital administration. As well as being a Governor of Birkbeck, and serving on the College's Finance and General Purposes Committee, Investment Committee and Nominations Committee, he is also Chairman of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a Governor of the City of London School for girls, a Member of the Council of Gresham College and a Trustee of Christ's Hospital Foundation.
For many years he was a Member of the Advisory Boards, and latterly also Chairman, of the Sixteen Choir and Orchestra and the London Festival Orchestra. He is also a Governor of the Museum of London, a Trustee of the Museum in Docklands and a Director of the City Arts Trust and City of London Festival.
Since his retirement, Tom Hoffman has remained as senior adviser to a Portuguese financial group, and Honorary Vice-President of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.