Tom Moffat MBE CEng HonFIMMM (Profile)

Fellows' Lounge
24 Aug 2010

Tom Moffat MBE CEng HonFIMMM was born into a mining family
in 1930. After attending Sunderland Technical College, he went on to Newcastle
University. Later in life he undertook a Masters in Education, also at
Newcastle. His thesis covered management career patterns and the training needs
of supervisors in the National Coal Board (NCB).


Career history

Tom worked as a colliery electrician before spending three
years on the Board’s graduate training scheme. Following this, he gained
employment as Chief Electrical Engineer at Usworth Colliery, at the age of just
27. He went on to lecture in electrical engineering at Durham Technical
College, where he taught mining electrical/engineering students studying for
HNC mining courses. During this time, he organised celebrity public lectures
and acted as College Industrial Liaison Officer.

As a Founder Chairman of Durham Small Business Club, which
became the UK’s largest club of its type with a turnover of £1.2m, he went on
to become its President from 2001-2005. His services were rewarded in 1988 when he received an MBE for ‘Services
to Small Business’. In the same year, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the
former Institutions of Mining Electrical and Mining Mechanical Engineers, and
of Mining Engineers, both of which became part of IOM3 following the IoM/IMM merger in 2002.


Social interests

Tom is heavily involved in two brass bands, the Junior and
Senior NASUWT Riverside Bands, which have achieved considerable success to
reach the National Championship Finals in September 2010. 'Over two years ago,'
says Tom, 'I committed myself to raise the £100,000 needed to build the first bandroom
the band will ever have'. To date, he has reached 90% of this target.

Tom is
also an avid follower of cricket, and wrote ‘The Impossible Dream…Come True’,
the story of how Durham County Cricket Club rose to success. The book ends with
a heartfelt tale of why Tom thinks the coal mining industry failed.