Chris was appointed to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Board in 2012 and leads on social enterprise. He has also coordinated the production of the Black Country Green Growth Plan.
He has been Chief Executive of Accord Group and its precursors for over 20 years, previously working in other housing organisations and local government.
Chris received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and, in 2010, was made a Professor of Governance by Birmingham City University’s Business School.
He has a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master of Law degree, Fellowship of the Institute of Housing and membership of the British Institute of Management.
Chris is a published author, with titles including ‘Housing Associations: The Law of Social Landlords’ (written jointly with Professor John Alder) and ‘Discrimination in Housing’, and he is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Housing Law.
Chris is a Non-Executive Director of the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the NHS Strategic Health Authority for Midlands and East of England. Chris is a Board member of Placeshapers.
In addition, he is Chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership Strategy Group and Executive Commissioner of the Commission for Co-operative and Mutual Housing. In his leisure time, Chris is an ardent walker and Wolves supporter.