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Tom Merchant

Tom Merchant eXcellence Judges Panel

Tom Merchant has enjoyed a wide ranging international career including property, finance and management. Following a first degree from the University of Cape Town, his career got under way in engineering design and construction in South Africa, the UK and the Gulf. His activities morphed into property development after he completed an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management and undertook successful residential development projects in the UK. He worked for four years in Australia, responsible for high-end residential and hotel development including multi-million dollar apartments overlooking Circular Quay in Sydney.
Following that he was engaged by the Crown Prince of Dubai on some of the world’s most high-profile hotel development projects. These properties have received multiple awards including best hotel in the world and best resort hotel in the world.
After a number of years in Dubai, Tom returned to the UK with his family and was appointed chief executive of USS, the £40bn pension scheme for academics at universities and colleges across the country.
He was named by Pensions Insight magazine as one of the “50 most influential people in pensions” in 2012 and 2013. He stepped down after a decade in the role to pursue multiple interests, including the founding of QuizTrail, a treasure hunt style App for smart phones due to be launched in London in the summer of 2014. QuizTrail plays to Tom’s love of walking, photography, travel and exploring new and interesting places.

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