Tom is Director of STFC's Scientific Computing Department.
Tom's role is to lead the Scientific Computing Department (SCD), which is one of the largest in Europe and located across two UK sites, ensuring delivery of strategic goals, supporting delivery of the STFC e-infrastructure strategy and leading the provision and development of the rapidly evolving e-Infrastructure required by advanced science facilities.
Tom studied Computer Science at UMIST and the University of Manchester, during which time he spent a year as a sandwich student in the Data Analysis Group at ISIS, the UK's Neutron and Muon facility. After completing his degree, Tom returned to the ISIS Data Analysis Group as a software engineer working on the eScience programme, before moving into the ISIS Computing Group where he was responsible for data reduction and data management. In 2014 he moved to SCD as Research Data Group Leader looking after the development and operation of data services for the STFC Facilities, as well as a portfolio of European projects. In 2016 Tom returned to ISIS as Computing Group Leader with responsibility for instrument control and data acquisition, data reduction – including the Mantid project, data management, computing infrastructure and IT support; and oversight of the ISIS/SCD Programme - including the Ada Lovelace Centre. Tom took up the role of Director of SCD in July 2018.
Tom is married to Hannah, a software engineer, and lives in Oxfordshire. In his spare time he enjoys long distance walking, canoeing and table tennis.