Sir 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. He is also a board member of the New Zealand Initiative and continues as a director of and/or investor in a number of companies.
Sir 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. In June 2016, he was appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and education and also received a CNZM for services to Antarctica and the community. In 2012, Sir Chris was named Māori Business Leader of the Year.