Chris started in advertising in 1960 as a messenger boy and worked in several agencies before starting one of the world’s first media agencies, CIA, in 1976. CIA was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and by 2000, the holding company Tempus Group, had 67 offices across 29 countries. In 2001, Tempus was acquired by WPP for £432m.
In 2002 he started a small private equity business, Genesis, with his son Jon. In 2003 he bought three businesses in order to launch Ingram, a strategic consultancy in brand building and communications. Ingram now has offices in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Chris is Deputy Chairman of London Business School’s Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management and is chairman of the Centre for Creative Business, a joint venture between LBS and the University of the Arts, London to help creative business people grow their companies.
He is owner of a Woking Football Club, a Vice President of Shelter and is a keen collector of British Modern Art and Sculpture.