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Tom joined the Museum of London board of governors in 2007.
Tom Hoffman read law at the University of Exeter and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He was an international banker from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. Since then he has held a number of non-executive banking appointments, and is currently Non-executive Chair of Caspian Sea Capital.
He was elected to the Court of Common Council of the City in 2002. As well as being a Governor of the Museum of London, he is a Governor of the Barbican Centre, Governor of the City of London School for Girls (Chair 2003 – 2006), Trustee of the City of London Festival, and Chair of the trustees of Stour Festival in Kent. Since 2003 he has been engaged with London’s leading teaching hospitals, from 2004 until 2011, as a Governor of King’s College Hospital, and since 2012 as a Governor of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital. He is also a trustee of the Sons & Friends of the Clergy corporation.
He previously served for many years as a Member of the council of the University of Exeter, Governor of Birkbeck College (of which he is an Honorary Fellow), Chair of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Deputy Governor of The Honourable The Irish Society, Chair of the board of the London Festival Orchestra, Chair of the advisory board of The Sixteen choir and orchestra, and Trustee of the Christ’s Hospital foundation.
As a Common Councilman of the City of London he is currently a member of the finance committee, investment committee, culture heritage and libraries committee, markets committee, and the Gresham committee of which he was Chair from 2009 to 2012. He is a Past Master of the Tylers & Bricklayers, and Honorary Treasurer of the Guildhall Historical Association which published his paper on The Rise & Decline of Guilds in Great Britain and Ireland. His four volume bibliography on the Guilds of Great Britain and Ireland is published on the Birkbeck College website.