Sir Tom Cowie was the honorary life president of the Arriva Group, formerly know as Cowie Group plc. His father started the business, repairing bicycle punctures around the streets of Sunderland and opening a motorcycle showroom in 1948.
In 1994 the business had a turnover of £934 million.
In September 2000, the University of Sunderland renamed its St Peter's Campus the "Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's", after the local businessman who was one of its primary supporters.
|Date||Donor name||Amount||Party donated to||Subsidiary of party|
|08/01/2003||Sir Tom Cowie||£50,000||Conservative Party||Central party|
|15/06/2004||Sir Tom Cowie||£51,500||Conservative Party||Central party|
|30/11/2004||Sir Tom Cowie||£1,000||Conservative Party||Central party|
|15/04/2005||Sir Tom Cowie||£500,000||Conservative Party||Central party|
|02/12/2005||Sir Tom Cowie||£1,500||Conservative Party||Central party|
|09/11/2006||Sir Tom Cowie||£25,500||Conservative Party||Central party|
|10/12/2007||Sir Tom Cowie||£5,000||Conservative Party||Sunderland North|
|14/05/2008||Sir Thomas Cowie||£25,500||Conservative Party||Central party|