Meet Apprentice 2018 candidate Tom Bunday: the tree doctor turned business mogul

Apprentice hopeful Tom Bunday is looking to branch out in a new venture with Lord Sugar

Tom Bunday, The Apprentice

Apprentice candidate Tom Bunday runs a successful arboricultural business which – for those of you who aren’t in the know – means he’s a tree surgeon. But as well as tending to trees, Tom has a great time climbing them after winning a tree climbing championship at college.


According to his website, while Tom struggled through his education, he “thrived” in the pure challenge that was offered to him through business – which has seen the 28-year-old build up another two successful companies, invest in a property portfolio and write two books. All very impressive, by any standard.

Oh, and he’s getting married soon, which is nice.

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The day she said yes

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What can we expect from Tom?

By his own admission, Tom is immature – which may see him become an irritant to some of the candidates… and the viewers.

Speaking at his audition for the show, he explained: “I’m so immature when it comes to social environment. All the lads absolutely love me. All the girls absolutely hate me because I’m having such a good time. So I think it’s a good thing because it draws people to me but it’s a bad thing because some people think I’m immature.”

Nonetheless, Tom says he’s a hard worker who finds himself becoming “obsessed” with certain topics, and values his loyalty as one of his key traits.

Could he be a bit of a grower on Lord Sugar – or is Tom all (tree) bark and no bite?

The Apprentice 2018 candidates: Tom Bunday

Age: 28

Occupation: Owner, Tree Surgery Firm

Lives: Southampton

Best/Worst quote: “It sounds really morbid but if you know you’re going to die in a year’s time, what would you do in that year? And that’s how I live my life.”

Twitter: @TomBunday

Instagram: @tom.bunday


The Apprentice continues Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC 1