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Tom Singh

Founder

New Look

London, UK

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Tom Singh’s Biography

Tom Singh, OBE, is a visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist and Founder of New Look, the fashion clothing retailer with over 900 stores worldwide.

New Look, a trailblazer in fast fashion, is one of the UK’s best known fashion retail brands, which began back in 1969 with a single store in Taunton. Focusing on strategy and product, Tom served as Non-Executive Director of the business until he stepped down in 2019 after a remarkable 50-year tenure in fast fashion.

Tom is a Founding Member of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce that aims at growing the social impact investment market. He is determined in his efforts to improve the lives of marginalised groups in South Asia as a member and previous Chairman, of the UK Advisory Council for the British Asian Trust.

Through their family office, Rianta Capital, the Singh Family are focused on the pursuit of a broad range of investment objectives encompassing retail, real estate, and private equity. Tom is Trustee of The Artha Initiative, a philanthropic effort of the family office, that is dedicated to uplifting underprivileged communities in India through encouraging enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

In addition, Tom is Founder of The Pakhar Foundation and remains active as a philanthropist and social investor. Most recently, Tom has invested in forward-looking wardrobe rental platform, Hurr Collective, and online platform for discounted clothing, Love the Sales.

Tom studied International Politics and Geography at the University of Wales.

Tom Singh’s Newsfeed

Private Equity Wire
Venue booking platform VenueScanner raises USD1.5m

Tom Singh, founder of New Look and lead investor in VenueScanner, comments: “VenueScanner’s technology is a game changer for the future of event booking - it simplifies the entire venue search process and crucially helps venues fill space that would otherwise sit empty.

City AM
Premier League deal: Fast-growing sportswear brand owned by Andy Murray signs up Wolverhampton Wande

Castore was launched in 2015 by brothers Tom and Phil Beahon, and also has the backing of New Look founder Tom Singh and Net-a-Porter founder Arnaud Massenet.

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Tom Singh’s Background

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New Look
Founder
Jan 1969 - Present
London, UK
Tom founded the New Look chain of women’s fashion stores in 1969, where he served as Non-Executive Board Member until he stepped down in June 2019.
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Rianta Capital Ltd.
Consultant
London, UK
Rianta Capital Ltd, an investment advisory to the Singh Family Trust, is focused on the pursuit of a broad range of investment objectives encompassing retail, real estate and private equity either directly or through funds.

Philanthropy

The Artha Initiative
Trustee
2006 - Present
Zürich, CH
The Artha Initiative, as part of Rianta Capital, is a program designed to help the poor and marginalised in India to serve themselves and their environment through support of enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the growth that comes from empowering people.
British Asian Trust
Member of UK Advisory Council
London, UK
Tom Singh was previously Chairman of the British Asian Trust UK Advisory Council from 2015-2018. The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales to tackle widespread poverty and hardship in South Asia. He engaged with the entrepreneurs of the British Asian diaspora, linking them with social entrepreneurs and grassroots interventions in the region.
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Media

In Conversation With Tom Singh - British Asian Trust
Interviewee
Jan 2017
Tom Singh, British Asian Trust supporter, talks about the start and growth of New Look and his approach to philanthropy.

Public Service

The Social Impact Investment Taskforce
Founding Member
London, UK
Announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum in 2013, the aim of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce was to catalyse the development of the social impact investment market.

Tom Singh’s Education

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University of Wales
International Politics and Geography