What does he do?
Tobin is the chief executive of the TelecityGroup, which runs secure IT and telecoms data centres.
What did he do?
In 2011, he instigated a new corporate social responsibility committee at Telecity Group, which he chairs. As a result, employees are encouraged to offer in-kind and financial support to charities in the communities where the company's data centres are located. Tobin is a board member of Byte Night, the IT industry's annual sleep-out event in aid of Action for Children, and of the Prince's Trust Technology Leadership Group, which helps to raise funds for disadvantaged young people. He also plays a central role in fundraising for the Loomba Trust, a charity that supports widows and orphaned children. In addition, he sits on the fundraising committees of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-limiting conditions.
Why did he win?
Over the past four years, Tobin has been personally responsible for raising more than £200,000 for the Loomba Trust.
He has also been instrumental in the creation of the inaugural chief executive sleep-out, which hopes to raise more than £500,000 for Action for Children. As a result of his actions, CSR has become firmly embedded in the culture at TelecityGroup.
What did the judges say?
Kevin Curley, a voluntary sector adviser, said: "Michael Tobin is an impressive winner who provides a great business role model."
- Steve Dilworth, Foresters.