Tom Andrews

Tom specialises in creating space for reflection.

He is a freelance leadership coach, consultant and facilitator, as well as a founder and social entrepreneur working across the cultural and voluntary sectors. He works particularly with leaders at times of transition. He is a coach, advisor and facilitator for Clore Leadership, leads People United’s Arts and Kindness Mentoring Programme and acts as a sounding board for those involved in creative social change.

Previously Tom was the founder and CEO of two national charities; Music for Change (promoting understanding between cultures through music) and People United (how participatory arts can grow kindness and social change). Starting both from scratch, he built these arts organisations by being an enthusiastic generalist and with a belief in the power of creativity in bringing people together.

Other things he has got up to include: working as strategic manager for the Royal Opera House (2006-2007), writing the first education pack on Tibet (1995-1997) and promoting artists from around the world as founder of the voluntary initiative Under One Sky (1993-1997). He is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

How the Fellowship impacted me

The fellowship helped me connect with others (particularly a supportive peer group), expand my network and perspectives, build my knowledge and skills but most importantly, it gave me time to reflect on what mattered to me. From this I founded People United based on the values of creativity and kindness.

How I am using my skills for change

I am using my skills to support those that help others. In our increasingly busy lives I believe it is really important we have time to pause, to step back and connect to what is truly meaningful for us. I think this is particularly relevant for those working in the cultural, voluntary and public sectors. So, through one to one support, I help people to have this time to reflect and hopefully move towards fulfilling their potential.