Tom graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 1980 then trained as a die-sinker with a London-based firm before going on to set up his own engraving and die-sinking business in Scotland in 1994.
Tom began training as a bookbinder in 2004 at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing. Thereafter, he enjoyed a string of competition successes including the student prize in the National Library of Scotland’s Soutar Competition in 2006 and the overall top prize in the same competition just one year later. There were also prize-winning bindings in the 2009, 2011 and 2013 Society of Bookbinders International Competitions and in the Designer Bookbinders Competitions of 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. He also won the Designer Bookbinders Mansfield Medal in 2012 and 2013. He was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2014.
Examples of Tom’s work are held in many public and private collections in the UK, USA and EU. In 2013 Tom established a craft bindery in Irvine, Ayrshire where he continues to work on commissioned design bindings and also teaches and mentors art and bookbinding students.