Tom Hoffman

(Elected 2011)

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 and 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 and 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.