Tom started as a BT apprentice. BT paid for him to undertake part time study and he gained a place at Royal Holloway University of London studying a BSc in Computer Science and Management Studies. During his final year at University Tom founded a publishing company which launched two titles, The Lock a guide for Camden and Sleaze Nation a youth culture and style guide magazine that is considered influential.
Tom spent much of the nineties launching digital projects that had short lives, DJing badly in the trendiest clubs in London and being a stereotypical Shoreditch type. He was eventually recruited by Urban Outfitters when they launched in Europe. He worked there for some time, started a family, left work and studied an MA in Digital Media at London Metropolitan University.
Tom has worked in higher education for over 10 years, his first job was teaching HTML to prisoners who had never seen the Web. He has recently graduated from a PhD titled "Appropriating interaction."