Chris joined the Civil Service after finishing his studies at Cardiff University. The early part of career was spent in the Benefits Agency. Since then he has held a variety of posts which have included inspection work, corporate services and various policy and delivery roles in marine and fisheries, animal health, water and climate change adaptation. In 2003 he also gained an MA in Public Services Management from York University. In January 2016 he took up post as Defra’s Deputy Director for Resource and Waste.