Sir Chris is an Auckland based company director with experience in the New Zealand and Australian business environments. Sir Chris is a past Chairman of the Crown Research Institutes ESR (forensic and environmental science), NIWA (climate, freshwater and ocean science) and the New Zealand Antarctic research unit, Antarctica New Zealand and past Commissioner for the Tertiary Education Commission. Sir Chris continues as a director and/or investor in a number of companies.
In 2004 he was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to Antarctica and the community and in 2016 was appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and education. Sir Chris was named Māori Business Leader of the Year in 2012 and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in 2015.