Born in Borgerhout, Belgium, raised in Mortsel and returning to Hoboken via Antwerp. His grandfather and father are from Hoboken, so for him it was a little as coming back home.
He started to work as a nurse in the Middelheim hospital (then another hospital of the commission) and studied at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Not always self-evident when you work in shifts, but it was also a difficult job. After hig graduation at the VUB (in hospital science) for one year he worked as parliamentary assistant.
In 2004, Tom started working at the Socialist Health Fund in Brussels. He participated in setting the Belgian health policy. Hospitals, rest homes and home nursing were his "sectors".He negotiated tariffs and regulations, among other things, conducted a lot of studies that were then translated into policies. For example, caring that the sickness funds ensure that healthcare remains affordable and of quality. An important point of concern remains the affordability of a rest home residence.
Meanwhile, Tom studied further and in 2007 he completed his training managament at Solvay.
In 2010,Tom followed Fons Geeraerts in the OCMW council in Antwerp. As an OCMW councilor, he was also a board member in ZNA (former OCMW hospitals) and he is in the audit committee of ZNA.
In 2011,Tom started working on the Vice-Cabinet of Minister Lieten. Here he is concerned with everything concerning health and well-being, but now at Flemish level. From his federal background and now with his Flemish experience, drawing a local social policy is a real challenge.
He is married to Kurt Van Eeghem (born 1952), who is a local politician.