2007 Young Victorian of the
Photo: Jason South (The Age)
studied the International Baccalaureate at Pembroke School in Adelaide until
2004, Tom graduated with a perfect score of 45/45, one of only 12 students
to achieve this nation-wide. He subsequently received a National Scholarship
to study Law, Politics and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and
since then has been three times named an Ormond College Scholar for
achieving a High Distinction average in his studies.
Tom has developed significantly in his leadership abilities and dedication
to a vision that sees young people as crucial ingredients in social change.
After being selected to represent Australia at a 2005 international United
Nations Youth Conference in The Hague, Tom became involved in the UN Youth
Association of Australia (UNYA). In various leadership capacities, Tom
convened the first Regional Youth Summit, providing young people in
Albury-Wodonga with the opportunity to educate and empower themselves about
challenges and opportunities facing our world and the United Nations. Tom
also convened the Evatt Trophy, UNYA’s National UN Security Council
Competition for over 50 of Australia’s brightest young minds.
Since early 2006, Tom has brought much greater focus and maturity to his
leadership by working with the Oaktree Foundation. After working with
Oaktree’s Universities team, Tom stepped up to the Victorian leadership team
in June 2006 as a director of the Oaktree Foundation.
Since then, Tom has played a leadership role in implementing the fundraising
campaigns that have provided over 25,000 young people with access to
education in the developing world, and the MakePovertyHistory Concert that
reached out to 1.5 million Victorians with a call to action against extreme
As Oaktree grows exponentially, Tom is one of a new generation of leaders
who are providing focus and direction to this energy, Under Tom’s
leadership, Oaktree’s Victorian team has grown by over 100%, from 60
volunteers in November 2006 to over 120 volunteers at present.
In Victoria, Oaktree is currently implementing its three largest and most
significant campaigns yet.
Schools 4 Schools, a revolutionary school engagement program, is connecting
Australian schools with partner schools in South Africa.
The Zero Seven Road Trip is capturing the hearts and minds of Victorians
with the message that our generation can end extreme poverty.
Finally, Oaktree is also coordinating one day, the biggest reconstruction
effort led by young Australians, as Oaktree seeks to rebuild schools and
libraries in East Timor.
Tom is a great example to Victorians of all ages.