Chris joined Newcastle University in 1984 after working for five years in the Computing Studies Department at Hull University, and before that in the Statistics and Computational Mathematics Department at Liverpool University, where he also gained his BSc, MSc and PhD. Chris' background is as a numerical analyst/computational scientist. Before retirement in July 2018 Chris was based in the School of Computing at Newcastle University, but also held an appointment as the SAgE Faculty Director of Diversity. Before this Chris was Head of Academic Operations Singapore; SAgE Faculty Dean of Undergraduate Studies; and Director of Teaching, Degree Programme Director for all undergraduate programmes, and coordinator of the Active Learning in Computing Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the School of Computing Science. On retirement Chris was awarded Emeritus status and continues to contribute to the School of Computing in a number of ways.

Chris now contributes, on a part-time pro bono basis, to one of Cranfield University’s MSc programmes delivered at ESTIA, Biarritz, and is an External Examiner at two UK universities.

Chris has extensive experience of leading TEMPUS/Erasmus+ programmes working with universities in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and the UK. Chris is a Chartered IT Professional and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Chris is a Member of the British Computer Society and, as a member of the Academic Accreditation Committee, participates, often as Chair, in accreditation visits to Universities in the UK and elsewhere in the world. He also participates in Athena SWAN accreditation panels.