Tom Shebbeare

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Sir Tom Shebbeare at a speaking event

Sir Tom Shebbeare, KCVO, (born 25 January 1952)[1] is the current Chairman of Virgin Money Giving and Virgin StartUp. He is the former CEO of The Prince's Trust (1988- 2003) and Director of Charities to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Shebbeare was educated at Malvern College[2] and the University of Exeter,[3] of which he was made an honorary LLD in 2005.

Shebbeare joined the UK branch of World University Service in 1973, an international development agency specialising in refugee resettlement. In 1975, he became General Secretary of the British Youth Council before moving, in 1980, to the permanent staff of the Council of Europe. In 1985, he became Executive Director of the European Youth Foundation (a Council of Europe institution).

In 1988, Shebbeare was recruited to head The Prince's Trust as its first full-time Director. He became its Chief Executive in 1999 on its incorporation by Royal Charter.In 2003, he left to join the Office of HRH The Prince of Wales as Director of The Prince's Charities.[4][5] leaving in 2011 to become Chairman of Virgin Money Giving, a not-for-profit company enabling charities to raise funds cheaply and effectively on-line. In 2013 he took on the additional role of Chairman of Virgin StartUp which provides advice, mentoring and finance for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Shebbeare has been Chairman of Spring Films Ltd since 2011 and of The Royal Parks Foundation since 2014. He is a Director of Delphis Eco Ltd (UK), CIM Investment Management, and a Trustee of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation (Afghanistan) and The Prince's Charities Foundation (China). He is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford.

He is married to Cynthia, a former teacher. They have two children.

The great uncle of Shebbeare's father was Robert Haydon Shebbeare who won the Victoria Cross for bravery.

Shebbeare was knighted in 2003.


  1. ^ The Guardian. London: Guardian News & Media: 51. 25 January 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  2. ^ The International Who's Who 2004, Europa Publications, pp 1535.
  3. ^ The International Who's Who 2004, Europa Publications, pp 1535.
  4. ^ The Prince's Charities
  5. ^ Charles to keep shady donors at arm's length. The Daily Mail, Richard Kay, 11 September 2003.

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