Hi, I’m Tom, an award-winning speaker, career coach and activist. I help purposeful millennials to love their work and make an impact. I believe work should help you thrive as a human being while making the world a better place.
I have the pleasure of doing meaningful work every day. I previously worked as a consultant at Deloitte, while setting up a non-profit called Extraordinary Life that makes personal development accessible for everyone. In 2018, I received the Rotterdam School of Management Distinguished Alumnus award for my impact.
The professionals who I coach know me as a determined optimist, who genuinely cares about people and has a vision for a better society. As a speaker at 100+ events, my audiences and venues have ranged from young professionals at Deloitte to online events in Iran and 5000 students at the Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam.
I’m also a climate activist for Extinction Rebellion, giving talks about our climate and ecological crisis – the most meaningful challenge we can work on.
Are you interested in inspiring workshops, career coaching, or a (virtual) keynote speaker? Let’s connect and have a chat!
Awards & Certifications
Certified neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) Practitioner, 2019, Academy of Modern Applied Psychology
Certified Life Coach, 2018, Academy of Modern Applied Psychology
Rotterdam School of Management Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2018
Deloitte Facilitator Excellence, 2017
Cum Laude MSc Management of Innovation, 2016
My Development Journey
I felt like I had made it: in summer 2016, I graduated from a top management school and started my career as a strategy consultant in one of the Big Four.
During my graduation speech, I told the audience that as a graduate of a top school, “you have the freedom and the opportunity to pursue the things in life that give you meaning”. One week later, I realised I was a complete hypocrite - because I wasn’t pursuing the things in life that gave me meaning. Ever since this realisation, I have been striving to live a meaningful working life.
I began this journey by giving workshops for the Extraordinary Life foundation that I set-up in 2016 to make personal development accessible for everyone. I was a strategy consultant by day and a trainer and coach by night. I was working long hours, and it wasn't always easy, but I believed in the impact I was making. After three years of developing my abilities, I left my day job: taking the leap to live my passion full-time. I love the freedom to make a difference in the things I care about and live life on my terms.
I left the UK aged 18 to study in the Netherlands and through this learnt to continuously push my comfort zone. I'm continuously developing myself – whether that’s doing a three-day fast, reading 30 books in a year, diving with sharks, experimenting with psychedelics or attending the Spanish Burning Man.
I live with my French girlfriend, who I met on exchange in Hong Kong and had a long-distance relationship with for three years – a real challenge, but one that ultimately made us stronger. Another passion of mine is music. I love singing, playing the guitar and attending rock concerts.
I also perform a lot of pro bono work, mentoring the teams of my Extraordinary Life foundation, supporting Engage All Africa in Uganda and volunteering for Extinction Rebellion as a speaker and trainer.