Tom Bloxham

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Tom Bloxham
Chancellor of the
University of Manchester
Assumed office
1 August 2008
Preceded by Anna Ford and Terry Leahy
Personal details
Born (1963-12-20) December 20, 1963 (age 51)
Fleet, Lincolnshire,[1] England
Children 2
Residence Manchester, England
Flaine, France
Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France
Alma mater Victoria University of Manchester
Profession Chairman and Co-Founder, Urban Splash
Salary £150,000 plus dividends.[2]

Thomas Paul Richard "Tom" Bloxham MBE (born 20 December 1963) is a British property developer, founder of urban renewal property development company Urban Splash and member of the judging panel for RIBA's Stirling Prize in 2007.[3] Bloxham has appeared on Britain's rich list and has a property portfolio worth over £200m (as of 2007).[4]


Bloxham was born in Lincolnshire and went to Tiffin School[5] leaving in 1983 to go to Manchester to study Politics & Modern History at the Victoria University of Manchester. During his time at university he opened a music and poster shop in Afflecks Palace and sold fire extinguishers door-to-door; he tried to increase sales by demonstrating them by setting his briefcase on fire then extinguishing it.[6]

Urban Splash[edit]

Bloxham began subletting portions of his unit at Afflecks Palace and this began his career in property. Bloxham co-founded Urban Splash with architect Jonathan Falkingham and initially converted redundant properties, mainly formerly industrial buildings, in north west England into city centre residential loft apartments. They have won in excess of 100 awards for design, architecture and urban renewal.[4]

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and in 1999, he was given an MBE.[4]

Chancellor of The University of Manchester[edit]

Bloxham was elected Chancellor of The University of Manchester in June 2008 to take office from 1 August 2008 for a period of seven years. Bloxham was installed as Chancellor at a ceremony at the University's Whitworth Hall on 3 December 2008. At the same ceremony Sir Bernard Lovell, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Edward Gregson and Eddie Davies received honorary degrees.[7][8]