Chris was formerly the Solicitor to and Company Secretary of Northern Rock PLC, retiring in 2008 as the Company’s North East Director. He has been active in charitable, community and regional affairs throughout his working life and into retirement. He has first hand experience of helping young people achieve their potential through his Chairmanship of The Princes’ Trust Regional Council. He has assisted in helping young people gain academic qualifications and to prepare themselves for life thereafter through his Governorship of Sunderland University and his Trusteeship of their Students’ Union. He has helped people in fulfilling their career potential through his Chairmanship of Common Purpose on Tyneside. He is presently a member of the North East Advisory Board of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and a Trustee of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, a charity helping disabled children.