Tom Forster

Tom Forster offers ‘one to one’ coaching to senior executives and business leaders. He also deals with HR consultancy and strategy. He began his working life in Science where he gained a PhD before switching to Human Resources. His first role was with Perkin Elmer before moving to Amersham (now GE Healthcare) then SKF (now GKS). He then went on to hold senior HR roles in Citibank, GE Insurance, Liberty Re and QBE. Tom is a seasoned HR professional who has successfully tackled the needs of businesses undergoing change and restructuring. A highly experienced coach, Tom is a member of the IOD; he has also sat on employment tribunals.


Executive Mentoring and Coaching

Coaching senior staff based in the Finance Sector (including UK, Japanese and Swiss owned companies.) Assignments have covered a wide range of roles, including CEOs, Actuaries, Investment Managers, Directors of Underwriting and Business Heads.

Consultative skills

Working with and advising companies on how to use HR strategies to achieve their market
penetration and a good return on capital.

Career transition projects

Design and delivery of career transition products that include defining cultural fit, establishing change readiness and providing mentoring support.


Set up and managed the transition arrangements for a major London broker. This involved working with individuals to help them to identify their USP’s and to locate their next suitable position.

Mentoring and coaching senior staff in the Lloyds Insurance markets.

Set up the talent management organisation for a large Insurer. This Included convincing senior staff of the need to manage the talent pipeline, acquiring the necessary resources and gaining the commitment of the top team to sponsor the programme.

Led and managed the senior management development programme in the European Division of a large multinational insurance company. This included presenting workshops to the business heads and their direct reports.

“Tom supported me when I was at a critical point in my career and thinking about the next move. He was successful in helping me find clarity on my vision and the right role to feed my current ambitions. He is extraordinarily well connected and respected in the city and facilitated a number of meetings with key industry leaders whose counsel was invaluable to me.”

Carol Richmond, Chief Risk Officer and Compliance International, AJGallagher

“Tom helped me think through my goals and objectives. He has an easy style and has helped me to work out my plan for the future and I feel very confident that I will achieve what I want to. A great success for me and I would recommend him without hesitation.”

Graeme Rayner, Chief Underwriting Officer, MSAmlin