Tom has always been interested in wood and woodworking. His father is a cabinet maker and Tom enjoyed watching and helping him at work whilst growing up. He has a Foundation degree in Art and Design and his other interests are food, film and photography. Before joining the Academy he worked a variety of roles in the T.V and film industry. This included work as a cameraman, production assistant, script supervisor and as a researcher for River Cottage and Gordon Ramsay cooking programmes. He has also worked as a chef at a Notting Hill restaurant, and most recently during a break in film, he worked at Kew Gardens on a three month internship.