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Chief Executive


The Royal Free Charity


Chris joined the Royal Free Charity in 2010 as its first Chief Executive. As CEO, Chris has overseen the strategic change of the organisation from a grant making body to direct service provider, merging other organisations into the Charity and growing the income by 400% to over £16m. Together they were the primary reasons why he was identified as one of the five rising stars of the third sector by Charity Times.

Previously he was the Director of Business Development at the Fire Fighters Charity where he grew the charity from £3m turnover to over £9m. The work he and his team undertook resulted in them being voted the “UK’s Fundraising Team of the Year” by the Third Sector, as well as being nominated as the best charity brand development. Chris was also voted one of the top two fundraisers in the UK by the Charity Times magazine.

Chris has also worked for the National Farmers’ Union as both their Marketing Manager and Business Development Manager. He was educated in both the UK and the USA and completed his MBA in 2001.