Tom is a multi-award winning journalist. He is currently a senior lecturer in Communications, Media and Culture. For 16 years he was a daily newspaper journalist in Northern Ireland, working as a reporter, critic, commentator and editor. He also worked in corporate communications – heading up the marketing and communications operations for two of the UK’s leading universities.He has extensive experience in the arts as a former chairman of the Ulster Orchestra and Imagine Belfast 2008, and was a board member of the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland, and Opera Northern Ireland. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to music in Northern Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.