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Tom Singh

Entrepreneur, Founder of 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, a fashion retailer with over 800 stores worldwide.

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

Tom is a Founding Member of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce that aims to grow the social impact investment market. He is determined 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 a Trustee of The Artha Initiative, the philanthropic arm of the family office, which is dedicated to uplifting underprivileged communities in India through encouraging enterprise and social entrepreneurship. In addition, Tom is the Founder of The Pakhar Foundation and remains active as a social investor.

Tom has invested in forward-looking wardrobe rental platform, Hurr Collective, and Love the Sales, an online platform for discounted clothing.

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
Fast-growing sportswear brand owned by Andy Murray signs up Wolverhampton Wanderers

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 fashion stores in 1969 and served as a 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.

Tom Singh’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

ace turtle
Board Director
Sep 2021 - Present
Bengaluru, IN
ace turtle is a tech platform disrupting retail through technology, and helping traditional brands and retailers undergo a digital transformation.

Philanthropy

The Artha Initiative
Trustee
2006 - Present
Zürich, CH
The Artha Initiative, as part of Rianta Capital, is a programme 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 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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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 is 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