Vranch House is a centre for the treatment of over 2,000 outpatients with physical difficulties, a provider of various therapies throughout Devon and an independent Day School in Exeter for children with significant physical difficulties.

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Last updated: 14/12/2018

Tom Warren

Tom Warren

Tom Warren BA(Hons), MEng, MA(Cantab)

(Mobility Project Manager)

After completing my engineering degrees at Cambridge, I joined the automotive industry as a design and development engineer specialising in groundbreaking computer based stress analysis techniques in the early 1990's. In 1995 I joined Scope to run their fledgling mobility project which was developing a new track following wheelchair device.  It became apparent very soon that there was considerable interest in the technology; which led to the inception of the ‘guided mobility project' which aimed to manufacture and install the technology in schools, homes and other environments, alongside the continuing engineering development.

This project became my working life, and has been now for 15 years, the last 10 of which have been here at Vranch House. The work involves a tremendous variety of skills, and is most rewarding. The technology has a significant benefit for a small percentage of children, but for those it does help it can make a great impact. In my younger years I wanted to become an F1 racing engineer, designing some of the fastest vehicles in the world. Ironically I now find myself designing perhaps the slowest, and I am privileged to have to opportunity to do so.