Tom Shorrock is an Operations Manager for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award based in Abu Dhabi and oversees the development of the Award in the UAE. After obtaining a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, Tom worked in Industry for six years in the UK & France. Alongside his work, he was also a member of the local Army Reserve unit.
Tom developed his love for the outdoors and non-formal education by taking part in various courses as well as being involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). His activities with the RSC, allowed him to develop teaching and learning beyond the classroom, and create community outreach activities with the help of his local section. Work with the Society has continued throughout his career and was subsequently been recognised with a Fellowship.
It was thorough his involvement with the Army Cadet Force and RSC, that he made the decision to become a teacher and trained through the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. Having taught in the UK, Tom went on to teach Chemistry, Science and French at various schools in Qatar, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. He retains a strong interest in Education, but in particular Non-Formal Education and how the latter is important for young people throughout school and later in for the world of work. In his spare time, Tom loves exploring the outdoors through off-roading, hiking, kayaking and recently completing a Half-Ironman Triathlon.