Tommy was born in Chorlton on Medlock, and moved out with his family to Heywood in the 1960s. He attended St Joseph’s secondary modern where he acknowledges his only qualifications gained were in representing the school in the football team. At 15 Tommy left school, and realising he needed to change his ways he joined the Royal Armoured Corps. In 6 years of service, Tommy had more than one very close call with terrorist attacks, before returning to Manchester where he met his wife Carole and had two children, Sarah and James.
Tommy spent the rest of his career working for what is now Transport for Greater Manchester for over 30 years as a bus station supervisor. Tommy was proud to be first elected to Manchester Council in 2001, where he has held the Assistant Executive post for Education, and was Vice Chair of the former Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Authority. He is delighted to hold the post of Armed Forces Champion for Manchester. Tommy is proudest to have become the Chair of Governors at St Paul’s High School, where the “kid without qualifications” ensured children from one of the most deprived areas had access to a good-quality education.
Tommy became Lord Mayor of Manchester on 28th October 2020. On his appointment he said:
“I’m thrilled to be leading We Love MCR as part of my role as Lord Mayor. I know the differences the charity makes to our local communities and I’m looking forward to developing and growing this work in 2021”.