After working as a Chartered Accountant overseas and in public practice in Australia for the first half of his professional career, Chris then moved to academia, lecturing in accounting, auditing, and financial management at the University of Tasmania and more recently at the Australian National University. During his professional career he has been a long-time Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA, now CA ANZ), a member of the Tasmanian and ACT councils of the ICAA, a director of an industry-based credit union, and treasurer or auditor of various community-based arts organisations.
Always a lover of the natural environment and bushwalking, his current volunteering activities involve native plant protection and restoration as a working member of Friends of Jerra Wetlands, Friends of Black Mountain (FoBM), and of Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park (STEP) Inc. at the National Arboretum. He was a member of the Steering Committee of FoBM which published Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon in 2020. Between 2017 and 2019 he served as treasurer of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. And he is still trying to find all 60+ native orchids reported to be growing on Black Mountain!