Chris is an ecologist, micro-economist, amateur photographer and qualified cycle mechanic, trained at the UK’s Cycle Systems Academy (Pro Level 2 certificate) and Velotech (Campagnolo systems past and present).
He studied zoology at Aberdeen University, and gained a PhD from Durham University on the landscape-scale ecology of tawny owls in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. He was a founder member of The Centre For Evidence-Based Conservation at Birmingham University.
While researching and teaching tropical ecology in Tanzania, he developed interests in natural resource management and human development and now consults on sustainable, inclusive economic development.
In May 2021, he opened Melton Bike Hub in Melton Constable, North Norfolk. This will be be developed into a repair workshop, retail outlet and cycle travel centre.