Tom Gash is Leapwise Managing Director, leading the organisation, overseeing some of its most critical projects, and developing many of Leapwise’s tools and methods. He has spent his career supporting decision making of ministers and prime ministers, senior officials and the boards of non-profits and private companies in the UK, Europe, Middle East, North America and Australasia.
Tom works at the interface of government, business and academia and is passionate about the need for better decision making to solve our most pressing social problems. Prior to becoming and independent adviser and founding Leapwise, Tom was Director of Research at the Institute for Government, where he was part of the organisation’s set up team and board and led a range of ground-breaking research to improve government effectiveness. Before this, he was senior adviser (Home Affairs) in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the mid-2000s, a role that followed a period supporting FTSE 100 executives as a strategy consultant with Boston Consulting Group.
Tom’s sector specialism is crime, security and justice and he operates across Leapwise service areas. He is the author of Times ‘Thought’ Book of the Year “Criminal: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things” (Penguin, 2016), an in-demand international speaker on both criminal and organisational decision-making, and a regular media commentator (BBC, Sky, ABC, Fox) and government Select Committee expert witness. He has directed over 100 consulting and research projects and authored over 30 academic and practitioner focused articles, as well as articles for The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, WIRED, and Prospect Magazine. He is an Honorary faculty member of University College London and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government.