(Joint Deputy Chair) Chief Executive
The Royal Free Charity
Chris joined the Royal Free Charity in the autumn of 2010 as its first Chief Executive. As the Chief Executive of the Royal Free Charity, Chris has overseen the strategic change of the organisation from a grant making body to direct service provider, merging other organisations into the Charity and growing the income by 300% to over £15m. Together they were the primary reasons why he was identified as one of the five rising stars of the third sector by Charity Times in 2014.
Previously he was the Director of Business Development at the Fire Fighters Charity where he grew the charity from £3m turnover to over £9m. He was also responsible for the rebranding of the organisation, the restructuring of its 2000 strong volunteer network and a major expansion of its beneficiary base. The work he and his team undertook resulted in them being voted the “UK’s Fundraising Team of the Year” in 2008/09 by the Third Sector, as well as being nominated as the best charity brand development. Chris was also voted one of the top two fundraisers in the UK in 2005/06 by the Charity Times magazine.
Chris has also worked for the National Farmers’ Union as both their Marketing Manager and Business Development Manager. He was educated in both the UK and the USA and completed his MBA in 2001.