Chris is a business historian, and has previously taught History and English at Sheffield Hallam University. He also has a background in learning and teaching developments, having worked on projects related to employability, learner autonomy, critical thinking and group work since 2008. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Chris completed his PhD in 2016, and won the 2017 Coleman Prize from the Association of Business Historians for excellence in new business history research.
Chris' research interests are related to the armaments industry in Britain from the 1890s to the 1930s, and the Sheffield steel industry from 1700 to 2000. He is also undertaking research on the banking and mining sectors and director networks from 1930 to 1980 with colleagues at the York Management School, and is a member of the Economic History Society and Association of Business Historians.