Tom Levitt set up Sector 4 Focus to build on his extensive experience working with community and voluntary sector organisations: as an MP, a teacher, an activist and a councillor. As an MP he collaborated closely with community and voluntary organisations in Derbyshire, Britain and developing countries for 13 years (1997-2010).
From 2011-2014 Tom was Chair of trustees at the international development charity Concern Worldwide UK.
In December 2011 Tom was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby. He was a judge in the Third Sector magazine’s Business-Charity Awards in 2011 and 2012. Tom’s previous third sector experience includes:
- chairing the Community Development Foundation, 2004-2010;
- a non-executive trustee of a major charity (RNID, 1998-2003);
- patron of READ International, the 2010 International Charity of the Year;
- a member of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering in 2007-2008;
- chairing the all party group on the voluntary sector
- chairing the body which advised the last Government on commissioning services from the third sector.
As Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn, as Secretary of State for International Development (2003-2007), Tom worked with ministers and other decision makers, seeing for himself how the third sector, not least as partners to responsible businesses, could make life better for the world’s poorest communities. From 2008-2010 he was deputy minister for the East Midlands with an economic regeneration brief and a member of the DWP select committee.
Tom is currently:
- a member of the Walgreen Boots Alliance Advisory Panel on Sustainability
- a non-executive director of Digital Outreach Ltd (now Outreach Solutions)
- a director of Good Measures ethical business consultancy
- occasional columnist for The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network
- chair and trustee of the Coalition for Efficiency
- a trustee of The Work Foundation
- Chair of the Fair For You charity