Thomas was key member of the management team that developed Scottish & Newcastle plc from a small UK regional beer company to one of the world’s largest international brewers, creating substantial value for shareholders in the process (the share price rose 800% from 1984-2008; and the enterprise value grew from £300 million to over £10 billion). Thomas was instrumental in negotiations between S&N and the £10 billion hostile consortium bid by Heineken and Carlsberg in 2008 to acquire S&N, then the largest M&A deal ever in the global beverage industry. The defence won widespread acclaim from investors and commentators.
Thomas Ward closed over a dozen deals with a total value of about GBP 15 billion. These involved acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures in most of the EU, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Americas and South Africa. He spent many years as a director of various international joint venture businesses. He also spent several years as chairman of one of Scotland's largest agricultural processing businesses.
Thomas is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (qualified with PwC) and is educated at Queen's College, Oxford University with an MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. He also holds an MSc in Intellectual History from the University of Edinburgh.