Tom Toumazis

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Tom Toumazis
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Tom Toumazis MBE
Born London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education Friern Barnet Grammar School
Alma mater London South Bank University
Occupation Businessman and Philanthropist
Years active 1983 - Present

Chairman and Founder investor TVBeat Chairman and Founder investor Tagsmart Non Executive Director theLADbible

Chairman Childline Board
Spouse(s) Helen (m.1984)
Children One daughter, two sons
Awards Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Tom Toumazis MBE is Chairman and Founder of the Childline Board, part of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the United Kingdom, and a member of the charity's National Volunteer Board. Toumazis is a founder investor and chair of two start-up companies, TVbeat and Tagsmart. In December 2015 was appointed as TheLADbible Group’s first non-executive director, prior to the company’s first round of funding. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List for services to children.


Toumazis attended London South Bank University from 1981 to 1983. He attended Harvard Business School in 1999.


Toumazis has worked in the media and entertainment industry since 1983. He has held a number of advertising sales positions within ITV companies including LWT, STV, HTV and Meridian. In 1994 became Deputy Managing Director at ITV. Toumazis had held the role of Head of Partnerships, EMEA at Yahoo and used to be the Chief Executive of Mecom Group.[1]

Before Yahoo and Mecom, Toumazis was the Chief Commercial Officer of Endemol Group. [2]

From January 2009, he managed the successful expansion and diversification of Endemol’s worldwide commercial interests and managed Endemol Sport, which has become the fastest-growing sports media company in Europe. Tom was also Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Disney-ABC-ESPN Television in charge of programme, new media and channel distribution. He had joined the Walt Disney Company in 2001[3] from Emap, where he held a number of positions, including Managing Director of Emap Advertising[4] During his time at Emap, he completed the General Manager Programme at Harvard Business School.

Charitable contributions[edit]

As Chair of the Childline Board, Tom Toumazis was awarded an MBE [5] for his contributions in helping to raise over £8 million for Childline.

Chairman and Founder of the Childline Board, a member of the charity’s National Development Fundraising Board, Tom is also an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council.[6]

“I stumbled into connecting with Childline. I couldn't get into the 2004 London Marathon Ballot, so a friend got two slots to run for Childline. He pulled out but I ran alongside Dan Gopal, another person from Disney, who has been connected to Childline and the rest is history”, Toumazis said in May 2015.

Toumazis launched the Childline 20 Board in 2005 to mark Childline’s 20th anniversary. Under his stewardship, the Childline Board raised £8.29m and introduced a number of media and entertainment companies to Childline including Disney, Reuters, Discovery, Trinity Mirror, ITV, Google and Yahoo.

In 2012, Toumazis co-founded the Monday Movie Club with the support of the US and UK film distributors. The monthly screenings have raised over £250,000.

Childline has worked with TV shows such as Downton Abbey, Britain's Got Talent, X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, and I'm a Celebrity.

Toumazis has run seven London Marathons for Childline, most recently in 2016, running with his two sons, Christopher and Gabriel in Childline's 30th anniversary year.

As Chair of the Childline Board Toumazis has helped raise £8,290,170 for Childline:

Year Amount Board
2004-2005 £20,815.74
2005-2006 £44,000.00 Childline 20
2006-2007 £815,771.00 Childline 20
2007-2008 £841,000.00 Childline 20
2008-2009 £481,295.00 Childline 20
2009-2010 £645,011.00 Childline 20
2010-2011 £898,870.00 Childline
2011-2012 £1,001,056.00 Childline
2012-2013 £1,018,587.00 Childline
2013-2014 £1,474,034.00 Childline
2014-2015 £1,070,546.00 Childline
Total £8,290,170.00

Personal life[edit]

Toumazis’s wife Helen is a Childline volunteer counsellor.

About Tagsmart[edit]

Tagsmart [1] resolves issues of authenticity in art. Tagsmart uses patent-applied-for DNA tags to identify artworks alongside a unique system for issuing Certificates of Authenticity. These products are integrated with a secure digital platform that enables artists to authenticate their artworks. The platform, used by artists and galleries, provides an inventory database based on the certification of works and ownership transfers.

About TVbeat[edit]

As viewing behaviour has changed significantly with the explosive growth in connected devices and content made available online, so must pay-TV platforms and broadcasters adapt in order to understand their digital consumers. TVbeat is a next generation TV analytics SaaS platform that bridges the gap between sample based legacy TV measurement and analytics requirements in the digital age. This is achieved by partnering with platforms to collect subscriber interactions live and on a second-by-second basis, across any connected device. This data is then processed, analysed and presented in one intuitive and easy-to-understand web interface.

About TheLADbible Group[edit]

TheLADbible Group is the leading social media-driven publisher in the UK, with brands including LADbible, SPORTbible and Pretty 52. These brands have more than 26 million followers on social media and reach more than 150 million people per week. is the second most visited media site in the UK - and one of only three British companies to make the top 15 most-visited sites in the UK

About Yahoo[edit]

Yahoo is a guide focused on making users' digital habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for users, Yahoo keeps people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, Yahoo creates value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses.

About Mecom Group[edit]

Mecom Group is one of Europe’s largest consumer publishing companies, with multiplatform brands in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Poland.[7] The Group is aims to pursue a paid for subscriber model across all of its platforms, leveraging the strength of its pre-existing relationships with its 1.2 million print subscribers – most subscribers in Europe.[8]


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  4. ^ "Toumazis to head Emap broadcast sales house | PR & public relations news | PRWeek". Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  5. ^ NSPCC. "NSPCC website". NSPCC. 
  6. ^ "Appointment of CEO - London Stock Exchange". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "MECOM GROUP PLC (MEC:London): Stock Quote & Company Profile - Businessweek". Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
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