These are some of the comments from organisations I have worked with.

Charles Ewen, Director of Technology and CIO, Met Office

“Chris worked with us in the development of a data strategy, an important reference framework for our overall transformation programme. Chris led and orchestrated a very extensive consultation across the organisation including large science and technology research programmes. Despite the complexity, Chris delivered a framework that is lucid, actionable and has the universal support of the organisation. In this Chris demonstrated his qualities of tenacity and stakeholder management and gained much respect for his ability to work in a highly academic and unfamiliar context.”

Bruce Truscott, Head of the EUMETNET Observations Programme

“Chris joined the EUMETNET Observations Team for 3-months to lead a comprehensive study investigating how the international observing community should adapt to benefit from the increasingly interconnected, data centric world. Working on behalf of the 31 member National Meteorological Services of EUMETNET, Chris adopted a highly structured and efficient approach to assess the changing technical and policy landscape which is effecting the exchange of weather & climate observations, forming recommendations on the actions necessary for EUMETNET to improve access to data. His consultative approach and structured thinking cut through the complexity of the task, gaining strong buy in from stakeholders and led to a clear set of actionable recommendations.”

Rob Hickey, Chief Operating Officer, York St John University (previously Transformation Director, Network Rail)

“Chris provided exceptional, expert programme management for the delivery of IP Track’s number one priority change initiative – the introduction of a revised project management methodology across 2,000 NR and contractor staff. His commitment to the role, and the quality and experience he brought, were vital to the successful delivery of the programme.

Janet Sivorn, Asset Information Excellence Team Leader, Highways England

“I lead the asset information team within Highways England, I have responsibility to develop our asset information standards & maturity. Chris has recently worked with us to develop an Asset Information Improvement Plan. I found he identified our requirements quickly, gaining early insight into what needed to be included in the plan. He developed a methodical approach to the delivery of the plan. He has a ready grasp of detail and understands intuitively the importance of delivering quality products to challenging deadlines. I wish Chris well and look forward to working with him again in the future.

Stefan Sanders, UKMEA Rail Business Leader, Arup

I worked with Chris on ORR’s assurance of Network Rail’s data, systems and processes. I was the named independent reporter and Chris managed the assurance programme at ORR for three years. Chris did an excellent job at leading the programme and managing a tripartite relationship. He provided clear scope and direction for each piece of work, and ensured that ORR was effectively resourced to support the reporter team. I have no hesitation recommending Chris.”

Mark Farrow, Chief of Staff, Transport for London (previously Head of Transparency, Network Rail)

“Chris brought a refreshing approach to managing the regulator’s transparency programme. He is engaging and pragmatic with stakeholders but decisive when things needs to move on. Chris’ approach secured industry-wide commitment to a number of initiatives and the release of new and more detailed information. He engaged all stakeholders to ensure ORR’s programme delivered benefits to both the rail industry and the public. Chris knows how to get results and is great to work with.”

Graham Richards, Director, Planning and Performance, Office of Rail & Road

“I worked with Chris for five years at the Office of Rail Regulation. During this time Chris successfully managed a number of complex projects and programmes. He used his professional and determined approach to drive ORR’s regulation of sustainable development and long term planning. He established a robust output framework for CP5 and transformed ORR’s data governance and assurance. Chris directed a number of multi-disciplinary initiatives and used his excellent stakeholder management skills to influence industry-wide strategy and regulatory reform. I would highly recommend Chris and hope to work with him again in the future.”

Iain Groark, Vice President Environmental Affairs, Qatar Airways (previously Head of Sustainable Business Strategy, Network Rail)

“Chris has a very collaborative approach and a fantastic ability to manage lots of different projects. He raised the sustainable development profile at ORR and worked closely with me and others at Network Rail to ensure we were working together for the good of the industry. Chris provided invaluable input to our climate change adaptation plans, embedded carbon monitoring and sustainable development strategy. I look forward to working with Chris in the future.”

Alex Veitch, Head of Multimodal Policy, Freight Transport Association (previously Integrated Transport Manager, ATOC)

“Chris in my experience is very effective at creating positive change within organisations. His work at ORR on sustainable development moved ORR to a far more proactive and consistent level of engagement on these issues. Chris is also excellent at stakeholder relations and communications, notably when communicating ORR activities on sustainable development.”

Anthony Perret, Head of Sustainable Development, RSSB

“Chris has made a big difference in a short time, driving forward the sustainable development agenda across the rail sector and within the Office of Rail Regulation. His attention to detail, determination and excellent project and stakeholder management will be greatly missed. He’s also been a pleasure to work with.”

Craig Dryden, Director of Place, Council of the Isles of Scilly

“I commissioned Chris to manage an economic appraisal to inform European Regional Development Fund investment. Chris delivered expert analysis and quality outputs, including the most comprehensive local business survey ever, and a tool for us to carry out our own data analysis. Chris secured input from disparate stakeholders including business leaders, politicians and officials. The worked supported us in securing significant investment to the islands. I enjoyed working with Chris and would recommend him to anyone who is considering using his services.”

 Mark Gaynor, Head of Railway Planning, Rail Delivery Group

“I worked closely with Chris when he was responsible for sustainable development at the Office of Rail Regulation.  I was impressed with the speed with which Chris got to grips with a very complex subject and with how he developed positive working relationships with a diverse group of rail industry stakeholders.  Chris also introduced a structured approach to how ORR managed and monitored its sustainability responsibilities successfully securing board level support along the way. Chris adopts an open and collaborative approach to his work.  He has strong communication skills, speaking with confidence and authority and challenging others views where appropriate. Chris is a pleasure to work with”

Darren Hill, Business Development Manager, East Cambridgeshire District Council

“Chris is highly analytical and has a great ability to present dry data in an engaging way. He provided us with vital insight into the local economy that informed our strategy and business development. Chris uses information technology to present and disseminate data in a way we hadn’t seen before. Chris changed our approach to economic analysis and appraisal.”

James Travis, Director, Mediasterling

“Chris is determined and decisive. He understands what clients want and develops innovative systems that work for them, rather than the technology. I led the technical development team working with Chris on several local information systems for regional, sub-regional and local government organisations. Chris provided excellent direction and regular communication to support both users and developers. I would happily work with Chris again.”

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