ChangeNOW 2021


Tom Rippin

On Purpose

CEO and Founder


Tom Rippin is the CEO and Founder of On Purpose a social enterprise that develops leaders who will help bring about an economy that works for all. As well as running On Purpose, Tom speaks regularly on this topic. He has spent his career at the intersection of the private, public and non-profit sectors, exploring how we can bring about a better economy. After a PhD in cancer research, Tom worked for management consultants McKinsey & Company with clients from all sectors. He transitioned into the social enterprise space, working first for the CEO at Comic Relief and then running the international operations of (RED), the business founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. As well as running On Purpose, Tom is a Trustee of Global Action Plan, which connects what’s good for you with what’s good for the planet; he was the first Chair of Tempo Time Credits, probably the world’s biggest time-based complementary currency; and was an Advisory Board Member of Big Society Capital, the world’s first social investment wholesaler.

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