Chris joined Philanthropy Australia in 2014 after working in philanthropy for over 10 years managing the granting programs for some of the largest trusts including the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust; William Buckland Foundation; L E W Carty Charitable Trust, The Felton Bequest; Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Trust, the JO & JR Wicking Trust and the RACV Community Foundation.

In his previous role at ANZ Trustees (now Equity Trustees), Chris was responsible for philanthropic advice and granting programs for more than 250 trusts and foundations across Australia distributing over $85 million per year. He was the inaugural CEO of WaterAid Australia (2004 – 2007) an international aid and development agency delivering water and sanitation community development programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and established new programs in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Chris has also held senior executive roles at Melbourne Water, the University of Melbourne as General Manager, Vice-Chancellor’s Office and was the inaugural General Manager of Melbourne University Private and on the Boards of: Community Information and Support Victoria (2009 – 2015 & 2017+); Bushfire Education Foundation (2013+); Burton Burns Trust (2015+); National Foundation for Medical Research & Innovation (Engagement Committee – 2015+); The Trustees for the Strathewen Bushfire Relief Fund (Co-opted (2010 – 2013).