Former MI5 agent, Tom Marcus, has witnessed dangerous extremism first hand. His unique, insider perspective of terrorism and foreign spies makes Tom a truly thrilling speaker, as he can provide audiences with an insight unlike any other. The former Navy soldier was accepted into MI5 in 1991, following a period in the Brecon Beacons training in a team. Tom's main role was to follow suspected terrorists, preventing them from putting the British public at risk. He was highly respected in his field, but this job wasn't without its drawbacks. Spending time away from family and dealing with traumatic events were just some of the events that stay with Tom to this day. As a speaker, he is regarded for his eloquence and engaging nature - while Tom is talking, you can hear a pin drop.
As a young boy, Tom was born into a turbulent family, which drove him to grow up in the shadows. Aged 16, he joined the Army, yearning for a family of his own. He found brotherhood in the Army, a sense of camaraderie that he had never experienced before. Tom threw himself into his work, specifically counter-terrorism, which led him to be recruited by MI5 in 1991. Though most of his MI5 work remains top secret, since leaving the organisation he has shared a few snippets in various interviews broadcast from around the world. From IRA terrorists and Russian agents, to surveillance and intelligence missions, Tom gives his audience a taste of the secret agent lifestyle that he lived and breathed for so many years. An event featuring Tom will be utterly unforgettable, as his stories stay with audiences long after he leaves the stage.
As an author, social media content creator and the subject of many interviews, Tom ensures that all of his post-MI5 work is clearance checked by Security Service and DSF first. He remains bound to Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act, so you can trust that no element of his speeches compromise the integrity of your event. Tom was highly respected by his colleagues, and continues to operate under the same level of secrecy to this day. His presentations offer contextual anecdotes to the content of his novels, I Spy, Soldier Spy and Capture or Kill, leaving audiences with an insider view very few are privileged to.