Chris is a Lecturer in Accounting & Management, and Director of Impact & Engagement in the Accounting and Finance Department of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He works with the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales developing links between academia and business, through his governance and advisory role on their Finance and Management Faculty.
Having worked with Distinguished Professor David Otley, a world-leading authority on performance management, throughout his PhD, Chris has developed a deep interest in the complexities of accountability and 'control' in multi-organizational systems. This interest has led to numerous research projects with a wide range of organizations, including: the UK National Health Service, biotech startups and incubators, big pharma, major telecommunications organizations, charities, the British Royal Family, and the Royal Marines, among others. In each case his partnership approach to research draws together expertise from the disciplines of marketing, strategy, linguistics and technology to build a more comprehensive, and hopefully more business-relevant, body of research.
Prior to joining Lancaster Management School as a PhD student in 2012 Chris worked first as as Corporate Recovery specialist for Deloitte, then spent 15 years running his own startup, an international mountain bike travel and training company. He has operated at the highest level in outdoor education, coach education and leadership development for National Governing Bodies of Sport in the UK.