Tom was born in Hampstead, London but spent his childhood in North East England.
He was educated at RGS Newcastle upon Tyne and at the University of York.
He began his career at the BBC, first as a News Trainee, then as a Producer and Director in Current Affairs, and then became Executive Producer, Music & Arts. As a producer/director of comedy, talk, dance, music, docs and drama series, he has won many international awards including an Emmy.
In 1985 he founded Mentorn, which soon became the UK's largest independent production company with shows ranging from "Question Time" to "Robot Wars".
In 2000 Tom sold Mentorn to The Television Corporation plc where he became Group Creative Director until he left to become CEO of FremantleMedia North America Inc, the production company responsible for "American Idol" and "The Price Is Right", based in Los Angeles.
Tom left FremantleMedia at the end of March 2005. After a year's sabbatical, during which he gave a number of keynote lectures around the world, he founded Vine Media, based in London and LA, and its subsidiary Standing Stone Productions, based in Newcastle.
In 2010 Tom was Creative Director of the winning Trinity Mirror/Press Association/TenAlps bid for the English regional news pilot awarded by the DCMS.
In April 2012, Tom was Executive Producer of a new revolutionary online project for Channel 4's award-winning investigative series "Dispatches". The Dispatches app was nominated for Best Innovation in the 2012 British Journalism Awards.
In July 2008 Tom was made Visiting Professor of Media at Teesside University.
He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, formerly Chair of Skillset North and is non-executive director of Northern Film & Media.
He writes a weekly column for the Newcastle Journal and is also in demand as an after-dinner speaker.
He is married to Jo, lives in Northumberland, and has 5 children ranging from 31 to 4 yrs old.