Greenheart is the home of Thomas Bourne, a pragmatic and strategic business professional with broad skills and insight, including seven years as a commercial employment lawyer, three years in business turnaround management and a masters level qualification in the Circular Economy (sustainable business modelling).
A proven change agent used to operating at board level, he is highly values-driven and passionate about helping businesses find opportunities and synergies to create sustainable and profitable growth.
As a passionate believer in the power of business to be a force for good, Thomas has completed the “B Leaders” training programme, run by B Lab UK for individuals who wish to work with companies who wish to become certified B Corps.
Thomas is a trustee of the Soil Association, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
Thomas’s first assignment after leaving law was as Managing Director of an iconic organic meat brand. He led the business through three years of intense change, with net profit improvement of 75% in Year 1 and a 60% increase in revenue. Thomas was instrumental in creating operational stability in the business and, as a result, the company’s growth potential improved immeasurably. At the heart of Thomas’s approach was a total redefinition of the purpose and values of the business, which meant he and the team could map and implement a clear strategy for sustainable growth.
In late 2017, Thomas worked closely with the shareholders to achieve the successful disposal of the business to a trade buyer.
Thomas also took executive responsibility for an organic dairy brand that had been selling single-estate British cottage cheese nationally in Waitrose since 2008. Thomas led a total rebrand and range expansion, as well as building strong commercial relationships throughout the supply chain.
Thomas also works with an award-winning Devon-based dairy farming group which manages and milks nearly 2,000 cows on 4,000 acres of organic grass in the southwest of England and aims to build value across the triple bottom line. Producing over 10,000,000 litres of milk and with a combined Group turnover of c. £6m, Thomas has assisted the business owner in a capacity building project to improve risk management, corporate and financial governance and therefore profitability and resilience.
Thomas continues to support this business as a non-executive board member as well as providing similar services to clients across sectors ranging in size from startup to £55m turnover.
For more information, please see Thomas’s LinkedIn profile here.
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