Chris has been chairman of the Board since 2015. He is also chairman of Rensource Holdings LLC, a company providing renewable power in Nigeria and a director of Education Sub-Saharan Africa, a charity working to improve educational outcomes amongst the next generation. He previously served as Managing Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Earlier he served as chief executive at companies in several sectors both in Britain and overseas and recently led social impact investment initiatives in Africa. He has held senior roles in higher education, including council member and treasurer of Warwick University. His work in not-for profit and charitable sectors include chairman of the Centre for Mental Health and trustee of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. A European citizen born in Northumberland, he is an alumnus of the University of Liverpool and Stanford Graduate School of Business; and FRSA. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kingston University.