Tom Connor


What gets me out of bed in the morning

The variety of a working day and the businesses and business people one encounters, each with unique drivers and challenges. Some people have an idea with the primary objective of making money. Others start businesses not be a business person; they start it because of a passion. Working with Ignition provides an engagement across the wide spectrum of the business world, and an opportunity to support business and passionate people in finding solutions to their own unique problems.

Entrepreneurs I admire

Rhydian Lewis and Peter Behrens of Ratesetter, leaders in the P2P loan sector who saw an opportunity to improve investor and borrower rates by using technology to disrupt the traditional banking sector; Jeff Lynn and Carlos Silva of Seedrs who developed their idea from an MBA project to become one of the UK’s leading crowdfunding platforms.

Voluntary roles

Board member of the Edinburgh International Book Festival since 2003, former treasurer of London Scottish FC.

The fine print

  • Education and training: Bachelor of Accountancy, Glasgow; Chartered Accountant, ICAS; Strategic Leadership residential, Templeton College, Oxford.
  • Previous Roles: CFO CrowdRunner (start-up), CFO, McCarthy Motor Group; Interim CFO, Waterstones Booksellers; Board member of HMV Group Pension Trustees Ltd; part-time finance support to Thomson Reuters Foundation.
  • Interests: London Wetlands Centre, London Scottish, Chelsea, Celtic and Glasgow Warriors.