Tom possesses nearly 20 years experience across a variety of coastal-related roles throughout NZ, Australia and the UK. Now based in Mount Maunganui he offers expertise in natural hazard and risk analysis, community engagement and facilitation, environmental planning, and strategy and policy (development and implementation).

Tom is Director of the Coastal Management Collective (CMC), a company he started in order to help bridge the gap between science, engineering, policy and the community and promote better collaboration toward common goals. Up until 2017 Tom was living and working in Sydney, NSW helping to develop and implement: the Coastal Management Act 2016, marine estate management actions, planning guidelines for dealing with climate change and rising seas, and more recently promote a new state-wide natural hazards policy for NSW. CMC is currently engaged in designing and delivering coastal adaptation strategies for a number of local and regional governments in New Zealand. Critical to these projects are multi-disciplinary teams and a willingness to share and learn off each other.

Up until this year, Tom had been in the final throes of completing a PhD marathon at the University of Sydney investigating the acceptability of coastal risk, where he was focusing on the social and political aspects of risk management at the coast.

Tom maintains a number of professional affiliations, including being a former Secretary of the Australian Coastal Society, the IAP2, the New Zealand Coastal Society, NZPI, EIANZ and various geographical societies.


  • 2013–present
    PhD candidate in coastal hazard risk management, The University of Sydney


  • 2002 
    Massey University, BApplSc
  • 2001 
    Massey University, BSc

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Coastal Society
  • New Zealand Coastal Society
  • NZPI
  • IAP2