Tom was born in London educated in Wales, Sussex, and attended Loughborough College, Birmingham and Edith Cowan Universities. Having taught in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the UK and Australia for 30 years he has been involved in coaching many sports including rugby union, cricket, and athletics. Involvement in rugby union at school, representative, national and international levels in England, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. allowing him extensive travel accompanied by study. These studies have concentrated on: sports pedagogy, coach education, sport education and alternative and authentic assessment in games play promoting tactical learning in physical education. Tom is employed at Nanyang Technical University (NTU) National Institute of Education (NIE) in the Academic Group of Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) as Assistant Professor with responsibility for the Teaching Practicum Experience across all programs. Tom is a practicing coach for the Singapore National teams and involved in coach education in athletics (IAAF Global Academy) and rugby (IRB Coach Trainer).