Chris is a proud Brummie, having spent his childhood growing up in Birmingham. He studied for a degree in History at Cardiff University. He has always been a keen traveller and backpacked worldwide before, during and after his time at University. After working for a government agency in the field of education and social care, Chris decided to switch careers and trained under the Graduate Teacher Programme at an outstanding primary school in North London. He completed his NQT year at a school in inner city London where he learnt a great deal about teaching in a culturally diverse community.
Chris’s thirst for travel and adventure led him to seize the opportunity to teach at a leading international school in Shanghai, where he spent three years as a Junior School class teacher and House Coordinator. Chris’s passion for rugby led him to set up and coach the Junior School rugby team. In his position as the school’s Charity Chairman, Chris was also very proud of the charitable school partnership he set up with a local migrant school.
Chris met his wife Hannah while working in Shanghai and they decided to further develop their international teaching careers at a long established school on the wonderful island of Penang, Malaysia. Over the next three years, Chris successfully led and developed the IPC and celebrated the arrival of his son while living on the island. In his spare time, Chris was able to develop links within the expat and local community to set up and manage the first touch rugby team in Penang, eventually taking his team to international tournaments. Chris and his wife returned to England shortly after their son was born where he took up a teaching position at an outstanding primary school in Birmingham. He quickly gained promotion to Phase Leader and also achieved the National Professional Qualification in Professional Senior Leadership (NPQSL) while working there.