Chris became a Governor of Excelsior Academy in 2008 and in addition to chairing the predecessor of the Trust’s Operations Committee, was the Trust’s Accounting Officer until 2017.

He was formerly the Solicitor to and Company Secretary of Northern Rock PLC, retiring in 2008 as the Company’s North East Director (after 35 years service).

He has been active in charitable, community and regional affairs throughout his working life and into retirement. His C.V. attests to the breadth of his involvement in many aspects of life in the North East.

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.

All of these educational and quasi-educational pursuits have enabled Chris to bring much valuable experience to his role as a Trustee of The Laidlaw Schools Trust.

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.