Tom Matthews – Program Director
Learning from his father, who was a passionate teacher and youth worker, Tom discovered the rewards of helping others through teaching and learning. After completing a Mathematics degree at the University of Bath, UK, he based himself in the south west of England and surfed the cold waters of Cornwall while completing his teacher training. He worked in Special Education for two years in Cornwall and developed a genuine appreciation of the emotional factors associated with learning and the importance of raising the self esteem of young people.
Surfing and travelling are high on Tom’s agenda and this had led him to many adventures around the globe. In 2006, the pull of warmer climes brought him to the international circuit and to Canggu in Bali. He worked as a teacher in Canggu Community School for eight years and brought learning alive to many students, inspiring young people through his passion for teaching.
Tom has been an integral part of the Collaboration Centre and continues making a positive contribution with his enthusiasm, energy and passion for teaching.