Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee; Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
Tom Tugendhat grew up in London and Sellinge, near Ashford, before reading Theology at Bristol University, where he also worked in the local homeless shelter in the St. Paul’s area. He then studied a Master’s degree in Islamics at Cambridge University, which included learning Arabic in Yemen.
Mr. Tugendhat left the British Army in July 2013 after a career in which he served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defense Staff. As a Territorial Army officer, he worked on everything from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to establishing the Armed Forces Muslim Association. Mr. Tugendhat also worked for the Foreign Office and helped set up the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the Helmand Province government.
In 2015 Mr. Tugendhat was elected as Member of Parliament for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling and was honored to be re-elected in 2017 and 2019. In Parliament, he sat on the Speakers’ Advisory Committee on Works of Art of the House of Commons and, in July 2017, he was elected Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, which he also chairs in this current Parliament. He is a Dementia Friend and an active supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society while being an Honorary Fellow at St Augustine’s College of Theology in West Malling, and Patron of Hospice the Weald, The Bridge Trust in Tonbridge, and Spadework in Offham.
Mr. Tugendhat lives with his wife, Anissia, and two children near Edenbridge.