Chris is an international business lawyer who specialises in managing legal and compliance matters for large companies.
After studying at Cambridge and Warwick universities, Chris qualified as a Solicitor and later as an Attorney in New York. While working in The Netherlands, Chris successfully completed an executive MBA degree program at the Rotterdam School of Management. Chris practised first as a solicitor at the commercial law firm Slaughter and May before deciding to work as an “in-house” lawyer for large international commercial organisations such as IBM, Sybase (now part of SAP), Reckitt Benckiser and Smiths Group. He has held senior executive roles at these companies during his career.
Chris has previously served as a charity trustee; for charities active in providing housing services and helping to address homelessness associated with alcohol addiction. More recently, he has been Chairman of his local branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club.
Chris is a life member of YHA. He has been hostelling in the UK and internationally since his youth and together with family and friends. He is married, with four teenage children, and lives in Buckinghamshire. He enjoys outdoor activities, such as scuba diving, as well as playing the piano, riding his motorbike and supporting the London Wasps rugby team.
Chris was delighted to be elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2013. He brings his commercial legal experience to assist in managing YHA with the aim of ensuring that the association is run on a prudent and sustainable basis, enabling delivery of its charitable purpose for the long term.