Chris works at Nesta, the UK innovation foundation, where he leads research, analysis and policy relating to startups and entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in technology-based startups, and how new businesses can drive economic growth.
Prior to joining Nesta, Chris worked for several years at Imperial Innovations (now part of IP Group), the technology commercialisation and investment company of Imperial College London. His role there focused on assessing emerging technologies and early stage investment opportunities, with particular attention to cleantech. Following this, he spent two years within Imperial College itself, developing and managing the institution's strategy for enterprise, technology transfer and translation.
Chris has a first class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, and a postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has advisory roles with the APPG for Entrepreneurship, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Enterprise Research Centre, the ScaleUp Institute, GEN UK and Startup Olé, and is a 'Startup Europe' Ambassador.