I empower individuals and organisations to make decisions that make a difference.
- Knowledge: understanding the forces that shaping individual and organisational choices and behaviour
- Positive purpose: helping people to connect with their values and concentrate on their social impact
- Action: guiding people through their problems and helping them to organise themselves and their organisations to be more effective, and achieve more
I run a consultancy focused on strategic decision-making, Leapwise, and am lucky to have ties to other organisations full of fantastic people: the Institute for Government (where I am a Senior Fellow), University College London (where I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science) and Deloitte and Boston Consulting Group (where I am an expert adviser to partners in Europe and the rest of the world respectively).
I believe in human potential and creativity and that together we can at least partially solve even the most complex societal problems. To do this, however, we all – and particularly leaders in governments, businesses and charities – need to get much better at building and bringing together knowledge, positive purpose and action. Too often, people with knowledge don’t act, while people without knowledge or ethics do!
My work builds on my experiences researching and advising on criminal and organisational decision making. I worked as senior policy adviser on ‘home affairs’ (crime, justice, immigration) in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the mid-2000s and joined the set up team of the Institute for Government in 2008, where I was Director of Research until 2008. Before these roles, I started out in private sector consulting with Boston Consulting Group.
In my life, I love my family, sports, music, literature, the outdoors, friends, food and travel and am never bored and always desperate to spend more time with all of them. My wife Eliza is a health and fitness guru who runs Healthy Living London and my sons, Arthur and Hector, are sleep-stealing bundles of loveliness. I try to take them with me on long work-trips or be away for a week or less whenever possible. My perfect day off would involve a leisurely breakfast with good fiction, playing basketball then having lunch with my London Dark Blues team-mates, and spending the afternoon with friends and family on a walk in nature.
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Tom Gash is an adviser, writer, and speaker who empower individuals and organisations to make good decisions. He is the Managing Director of Leapwise, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, and an expert adviser for the Deloitte and the Boston Consulting Group.
Tom Gash is an adviser, researcher and writer, who helps people to think differently about the big challenges facing governments and societies worldwide. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London’s Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, and an expert adviser with the Boston Consulting Group, where he started his career.
Tom’s work focuses on two areas. First, crime policy, a topic he advised on in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the mid-2000s and the focus of work with senior leaders in a range of geographies since then. Second, government effectiveness, the focus of much of his consulting work and of his research at the Institute for Government, which he joined as part of its set-up in 2008. Tom was the Institute’s Director of Research until August 2015 and led a range of high profile studies examining how to improve public services.
Tom is a regular commentator for UK radio (BBC), print (FT, Guardian, Times) and television (BBC, Sky) on both crime and public sector management and he speaks internationally on these topics. His first book, CRIMINAL: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things (Penguin 2016) was shortlisted as a Sunday Times 2016 ‘Thought’ Book of the Year and was described by The Times as “as enlightening about crime in modern society as any book that I have read”.
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