Chris is a seasoned executive with experience across private, public and not-for-profit organisations spanning media, telecommunications and medical and health research.
He is currently President of the International Institute of Communications, which is charged with shaping regulatory and policy agendas across the globe for the telecoms, media and technology industries. In 2016, Chris concluded a distinguished, decade-long appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive of The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA). The ACMA is the independent regulator of Australia’s broadcasting, telecommunications, spectrum and on-line services.
Chris has focused his directorships and energies on a spectrum of interests including philanthropy, sports advisory work, international media and communications developments, digital transformation and the commercialisation of digital platforms. In 2016, Chris was appointed Chairman of Research Australia, the national alliance for medical and health research (MHR). This gave him a thorough grounding in the MHR space, insight into the intense competition for funding and appreciation for brilliant research that is so often undertaken with relatively limited resourcing.
Earlier executive positions held by Chris include his appointment as the Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, corporate lawyer and Legal Counsel, and senior manager roles at Seven Network, the Sydney Olympic stadium, the Optus broadband J/V and Prime Infrastructure.
Chris has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.