About Tom Glynn
Tom was actively involved in the life of a Sydney city Church and became involved in promoting Christian events. But it was after a solo camping trip where he read three books, including the bible, when he decided to follow Jesus at age 21. If working in advertising agencies is tough, being a Christian in advertising agencies is even tougher. Christianity and the Church, in secular Australia, are often seen negatively and as irrelevant.
Tom’s almost 60 years of experience in advertising began in Sydney in 1957, when he turned 16. Commencing as a junior in a small agency, Tom gained valuable skills and soon moved on to account executive positions in other Sydney-based agencies. By the age of 23 opportunities to work in Singapore and later London opened up. Despite the success of these, Tom was plagued by the rise of depressive moods.
After returning to Sydney in 1968, Tom’s personal convictions led him to maintain an extremely active role in Christian organisations concerned with social welfare and fundraising.
Tom opened Tom Glynn Advertising in 1974 with two key clients: Anglican Home Mission Society (now Anglicare) and the Scripture Union. His agency grew quickly, providing strategic and creative services for a wide range of Christian organisations, along with significant commercial clients.
Tom Glynn Advertising was one of the first agencies in Australia to specialise in fundraising.
After 15 years of successful operation, Tom Glynn Advertising was sold to Pemberton Advertising in July 1989.
In December 1991, Tom decided to establish a new agency, Tom Glynn and Associates, specialising in strategic marketing advice and professional implementation for fundraising groups.
Tom Glynn and Associates (TGA) operated with a team of copywriters, artists and media consultants.
TGA published Christian guides to help the work of the Church. The guides were: Which Christian Mission, Which Christian School and Which Christian College.
Tom has struggled with clinical depression throughout his working life. He lives in Sydney with his wife Lynda and has three children and six grandchildren.