Thomas was a founding member and is the former Chair of The Co-operative Groups award-winning LGBT network ‘Respect’. During his tenure the organisation become the No1 Private Sector employer for LGBT people in the UK and the most followed and active employee network group in Europe. He was also a driving force behind the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’ – developing the names, engagement and branding for both networks.
After almost five years Thomas stepped down from his Respect role and founded Inclusive Networks in late 2014, along with the #ThisIsMe magazine, to celebrate the successes of network groups, role models, charities and organisations of all diversity strands.
Thomas has written for Gay Star News and also contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards. Thomas is proud to be an Ambassador for the HIV charity George House Trust.