Mr Tom Beardmore-Gray graduated from Oxford University in 1983 with a degree in Modern History. After three years with the Metropolitan Police he joined Price Waterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
In 1991 Tom joined Pepsi Cola International and then moved to De Beers in 1994. Tom held a number of senior management positions at De Beers, including Senior Vice President of De Beers Canada and Head of Business Development for De Beers UK. He worked extensively in the Far East, southern Africa and Russia and became Chief Executive of Archangel Diamond Corporation in 2008. He was a director of Hindustan Diamond Corporation (India) and of diamond trading subsidiaries in Antwerp, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 2010 Tom joined the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) as Finance Director. The GDST, which is one of the UK’s largest charities, owns and operates 26 independent girls’ schools and two academies across the UK. In 2018 Tom took up the role of Chief Executive of the Cothill Trust, a UK charity committed to providing high quality preparatory school education across a diverse range of day and boarding schools. The Trust currently comprises six preparatory schools in England and the Château de Sauveterre near Toulouse in France. Tom is also a Trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics.