Chris had enjoyed a successful career in the City’s financial sector in London for many years, living life in the fast lane! However, from 1998 onwards Chris became involved in a number of SME ventures, either as an active investor or consultant, also undertaking selective Non-Executive Director appointments.
He had also worked on the establishment of a not-for-profit fund to provide 100% low interest mortgages to young first-time buyers with the interest received then going to pay for social care for the elderly. At the time of his passing, he was working on a novel idea to use social care funding in new ways to support the elderly by linking them with local families funded to provide support.
Chris was an accomplished rugby union club player for Harlequins, Bath, Askeans, and his much-loved school alumni team, Trinity School, Croydon. In 1990, Chris played a charity rugby match with a team of ex England rugby veterans in Brussels, in aid of Romanian orphans after the collapse of communism revealed the horrific state of the orphan institutions.
He was a keen long-distance indoor rower, regularly competing on an international basis. He was also an aspiring Ocean Rower, with longer terms plans to enter the transatlantic single-handed competition to raise further funds for charity.
Chris would have been very proud of GSA’s achievements and of the people in the company. We have tried to embody his generosity, compassion and above all ‘entrepreneurial spirit’.