Business Charity Awards: Business charity champion - Winner: Michael Tobin

For a business leader who has excelled in promoting corporate support for charities in his or her own company and generally across the private sector

Michael Tobin
Michael Tobin

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."

Finalist

- Steve Dilworth, Foresters.

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