Chris spent his early career at sea before coming ashore to teach at Fleetwood Nautical Campus in the UK, eventually becoming Head of School.

After three years at Videotel as Deputy Managing Director (where he remains a Consultant) he joined the Management School at Lancaster University as a teaching fellow. He then formed his own company and now pursues an independent career in maritime education, working locally, nationally and internationally.

As a teacher and executive coach, Chris holds degrees in education from the OU and Lancaster and a doctorate from the University of Birmingham. He’s a Fellow and past Council Member of the Nautical Institute; past Chair of their Professional Development Committee; a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training and a Member of the European Council for Coaching and Mentoring.

Chris has facilitated learning in the public and private sectors for nearly 30 years. He currently designs and delivers leadership and personal development programmes for sea-going officers and tutors on distance learning BSc and MSc programmes. He is an external examiner at Southampton Solent and Liverpool John Moores Universities. His current interests include Systems Thinking and its associated potential to impact on maritime safety.

Chris lives with his wife in the North West of England and, apart from Grandchildren and other family, his passions include making music, gardening, theatre, fell-walking, cooking, cycling (slowly) and old Land Rovers.

His driving force is to inspire others to engage in life-long learning, maximise their potential, and in so doing, extend their personal boundaries.