Chris's first steps as a teacher came at the University of the South Pacific during his gap year in Fiji. This experience gave him a glimpse of a future career, and further voluntary experience in classrooms in Romania and Beirut confirmed this decision. He trained as an English and Drama teacher at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, after graduating from the University of St. Andrews with an MA (Hons.) in English Literature and Language. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of California, Davis, where he twice featured on the Dean's Honour List.
Chris started his teaching career at Mill Hill County High School, Barnet, where he progressed from NQT to Head of English. His wanderlust returned, and he moved to Dulwich College Beijing, initially as Head of English, then Deputy Head, and then Head of Senior School. The school was named 'British International School of the Year' in the Independent School Awards whilst he was Head of Senior School.
After five years in Beijing, Chris wanted to return to the UK, and he was appointed Vice Principal: Achievement and Standards at The Bushey Academy, Hertfordshire. The Bushey Academy won SSAT Awards for Educational Outcomes every year he was responsible for progress and standards, and has been used as a case study in school improvement three times over.
Chris lives in Pinner with his wife and two young daughters. He remembers that he used to go to the theatre and play tennis, and when family commitments allow it, he may one day do so again.
Chris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a member of the Worshipful Company of Educators, and a Freeman of the City of London. He was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2012. He has written for 'Sec Ed' Magazine, 'Teach Secondary' magazine and his blogs have been featured by the New Schools Network. He was a speaker at the Beijing Learning Summit in 2010, the BETT conference at the Excel Arena in January 2017, and was invited to join a New Schools Network panel discussion at The Academies Show at the NEC in March 2017.
Chris loves leading Pinner High School.