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Tom Hoffman MBE, LLB, FCA, studied Law at the University of Exeter, qualified as a chartered accountant, and became an international banker, specialising first in corporate finance at Hill Samuel, and subsequently in the international capital markets at Lloyds Bank International and the Fuji Bank of Japan. He was then appointed to general management positions as Head of Corporate Banking at ABN Bank and, for the last 13 years before retirement, as General Manager for the UK & Ireland of Banco Espirito Santo, a leading Portuguese bank. In 1994 he moved his bank’s principal UK office to 33 Queen Street in the heart of Vintry Ward, and became an active member of the Vintry & Dowgate Wards’ Club, of which he has served as Chairman. He still retains connections with Portugal as Honorary Vice-President of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK, having been Chairman of the Council from 1998 until 2001.
Tom was elected as Common Councilman for Vintry Ward in 2002 and has served on the Finance Committee, the Investment Committee, the Markets Committee, the Port Health & Environmental Services Committee, the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee, the Livery Committee, the Gresham Committee (Chairman 2011-14), the Board of the Guildhall Scholl of Music & Drama (Chairman 2009-12), the Barbican Centre, the City of London School for Girls (Chairman 2003-6), the City of London School for Boys, the City of London Freemen’s School, the Honourable the Irish Society (Deputy Governor 2009-10), and the Guildhall Historical Association (Hon Treasurer since 2009).
Tom was appointed by the City of London to the Council of Birkbeck, University of London (Governor 2003-11), the Council of Christ’s Hospital Foundation (Almoner 2006-10 & Chairman of the Finance Committee (2006-08), the City of London Festival (Trustee 2003-16), and the Council of Gresham College (2009-17, Vice Chairman 2013-14).
The Court of Common Council elected Tom to the office of Chief Commoner for the year 2019-20. Tom is an Emeritus member of the Court of the Tyler’s & Bricklayers’ Company (Master 2006-07), and a Life Member of both the City Livery Club and the Guild of Freemen.