Tom McGarry is the Head of Regional External Affairs and Development for Sizewell C, the proposed new nuclear power station that will be built on the Suffolk coast. Tom leads all the stakeholder engagement activity in the East of England for the project and managed the extensive public consultation on the plans. Sizewell C would generate enough low carbon electricity to power 6million homes. Tom’s main focus and passion is to make sure the benefits of the project will be maximised for local communities and particularly young people seeking employment and training.
For over 20 years Tom has led communications campaigns to implement policy changes for sectors from higher education to energy, and to deliver sustainable developments from mixed use housing and retail schemes to major infrastructure projects. His career in communications, public affairs and business development has featured employers such as BAA and ASDA, where overtime he had responsibility for the communications programmes for new store development across all nations and regions of the UK. As a result Tom has knowledge and experience of all tiers of local, devolved and central government.
Tom is a Board member of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGr) and the Lowestoft Place Board, which has an exciting and important regeneration and development programme for the UK’s most easterly town. He is also a trustee of Leiston and Saxmundham Area Citizens Advice Bureau and sits on the East Suffolk Community Partnership Board. Tom said: “I am delighted to join the East of England Leadership Board. BITC is a fantastic organisation which clearly demonstrates that business can be a force for good and progressive change and I am really looking forward to playing my part.”
Tom lives in Suffolk and is father and taxi driver to two wonderful children.