Born and brought up in London, his dad worked on the docks. He started work in the GMB post room at the age of 17 and worked his way up working in the Midland region, representing both public and private sector members.
Tim stood on a platform of building the first truly 21st century union to be elected as General Secretary of GMB. He officially took up the reigns in March. He is also President of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class).
He lives in Leeds but is a Gooner thanks to his London roots and coaches his son's local football team Kippax FC.