Tom Sharpe is a senior communications consultant specializing in managing reputations, capacity building and planning for complex and often contested organizations. Sharpe served 27 years in the Royal Navy, the last five of which were spent in military plans and communications. His last appointment was as the Defence Secretary’s spokesman for Naval matters in the Ministry of Defence.
The previous 20 years were spent at sea on a variety of warships. He commanded four, including the UK’s Ice Patrol Vessel, for which he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his role in saving her during a flood. His frigate command saw him act as anti-submarine commander for two US carrier battle groups in the Persian Gulf and, closer to home, protection of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. Sharpe has a BA (Hons) in Defence Studies and a MA in International Relations from King’s College, London.