Chris is an Auckland based businessman and company director with experience in the New Zealand and Australian business environments. He is Chairman of the Crown Research Institute, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), a Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Commission and a director of a number of companies.
Chris is a lifetime member of the Sir Peter Blake Trust and was instrumental in establishing the Trust in 2004. He is a passionate supporter of education, science and research as well as a keen supporter of the arts. He received a CNZM for services to Antarctica and the community and was named 2012 Māori Business Leader of the Year.