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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

Belfast haircare brand We Are Paradoxx raises £3m

Sustainable plastics-free firm’s backers include Tom Singh, founder of New Look.

The Guardian
Marks & Spencer hopes eco-fashion brand will boost clothing arm

Nobody’s Child label begins sales on retailer’s website as part of plan to widen appeal. The company’s backers include the New Look founder, Tom Singh.

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Tom Singh’s Background

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New Look
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.
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.


The Artha Initiative
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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In Conversation With Tom Singh - British Asian Trust
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