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 has been employed as Director of Rugby, Dean of Students, Assistant Professor and currently is employed as a lecturer of Physical Education and Sports Science.