As Chair, Chris is passionate about creating the right culture in the Port; his aim is to ensure our employees thrive and play an active role in delivering to their full potential and, in turn, driving the success of the organisation.
Chris’ extensive industry experience is proving invaluable in ensuring the Port’s strategy and activities harmonise, and that Safety, Excellence and Collaboration remain core values. As well as holding a range of private and public sector advisory and board roles, Chris has an SME owner business background so recognises the importance of strong relationships between large and small businesses. Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Chris has an innate understanding of the issues the county faces and is clear about its strengths and weaknesses. He is proud to support our vision to build the Haven’s prosperity and to deliver a bright and buoyant future for the region.
Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Chris gained an honours degree in Pharmacy in Cardiff before starting working life with Boots the Chemist in Cwmbran, subsequently going on to own and build two successful community pharmacy businesses in the West Country and back in Pembrokeshire.
He has a number of roles in the private, public, charitable and voluntary sectors including being a Non Executive adviser of Alliance Healthcare Distribution Ltd. He is Deputy Chairman of the Bevan Commission, Vice Chairman of the Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd, Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the ESNR Audit and Risk Committee at Welsh Government and a member of the Advisory Board within the School of Management, Swansea University.
Chris is a Trustee and Board member of Marie Curie UK, Chairman of the Wales Advisory Board of Marie Curie and a governor of Pembrokeshire College. He is also Managing Director of his own property development company and runs a portfolio of investment properties across Pembrokeshire.
He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate (DLitt) by Swansea University recognising his distinguished career and contribution to public life in Wales.
Chris became Chair of the Port of Milford Haven in August 2017 having served as Vice Chair since 2012.
He is Chair of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.