Tom is currently working on the papers of former Guardian Editor Alastair Hetherington held in Stirling and LSE. He is interested in journalistic practice, news design and the history of the British Newspaper industry.
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.