After studying calligraphy at Reigate School of Art and Design, Tom worked as assistant to Richard Kindersley, carving letters in slate and stone. Since the 1980s he has taught short courses at various centres including West Dean College and internationally. He has taken part in many group exhibitions over several decades.
Tom has carried out a wide range of commissions including commemorative plaques, memorial stones, stones in the landscape, carved alphabets and quotations. He also works in the area of book jacket and logo design, and is currently working on a typeface design. Commissions to date include: Opening plaque for The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, plaques for British Museum galleries, title lettering carved into the fabric of the building for the Alexander Gibson Opera School, Glasgow, for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, carved inscriptions on the theme of herb gardens for Boots plc for their Millennium sculpture garden, plaque and war memorials for the Peace Gardens, Sheffield, five inscribed stones placed along the Peddars Way, Norfolk for National Trails, the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Ely and Southwark Cathedrals floor stones, Sir David Frost memorial Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace loggia lettering.