Following university, Chris started out in Local Government as a land use and transportation planner. He worked for a number of large, all-purpose local authorities developing and implementing strategies, acquiring a PhD in the politics and practice of transport planning along the way. This experience provided him with invaluable insight into the challenges of engaging communities, government and business in complex policy development.
Joining ICL/Fujitsu in the late 1980s, Chris transitioned from local authority senior management to salesman as a major account manager, focused on the application of Information Technology systems to local government. Later, he became a sales director, overseeing the introduction of CRM to the company worldwide.