ICM Chief Executive designate Tom Thomas was treated to a fond farewell celebration last week as he prepared to leave his post as Dean of the Business School at Southampton Solent University.
Present and former colleagues gathered together with Tom’s wife Lisa and two daughters to enjoy food and drinks and to hear speeches by Lesley Kimber and Principal Lecturer in Economics, Malcolm Robertson. During the party, Tom said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed life at the university. It’s been a real pleasure working with such great people.”
Tom joined the institute in 1975 as a Lecturer in Mathematics. Over the years he has held a variety of posts including the Institute’s Computer-based Training Manager, Head of Business Analysis and Head of Academic Operations. In the mid-1980s, he established a company dedicated to the development of community-based information systems.
Tom was appointed to the ICM Advisory Board in 2005. In the same year, he was appointed a Visiting Professor in Business Analysis at the Ningxia University in China.
In May 2007, ICM’s current Chief Executive Dr Alistair Somerville Ford and Tom were invited to participate in the first Regional Peace Conference held since the end of the war in the Balkans. Held in Budva in Montenegro, the Conference was attended by the Presidents and Prime Ministers of seven countries in the Region as well as EU and NATO representatives. After the presentation by Dr Somerville Ford of an Award to the former President of Montenegro, Tom was honored for his work with young people and was nominated ‘Humanist of the Year’ 2006 by the International League of Humanists.
Tom will commence his position as ICM’s Chief Executive on the 3rd September 2007.