Chris was educated at Maitland Marist and St Clements College Galong. He is a graduate of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and Sydney University, and an alumnus of the Senior Executive Program of the London School of Business.
After a short career as a teacher and academic; Chris moved into health and aged care policy, management and service development; and was the inaugural director of the John Plunkett Centre for Medical Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital. He then went on to establish the Australian Catholic Health Care Association (now Catholic Health Australia) in Canberra.
At the invitation and with the support of religious congregations, including the Sisters of Charity, Chris founded and developed Catholic Healthcare Ltd in NSW. Catholic Healthcare expanded from a single-employee organisation in 1994 to become the largest national provider of aged care services in the Catholic sector with over 3,000 employees by 2008.
From 2010 to 2017 Chris was CEO of Scalabrini Villages Ltd, the largest CALD aged care provider in Australia. In 2017 Chris was appointed CEO of Greengate Villages, a specialist private equity funded aged care and retirement village developer and operator. Chris retired in 2018.
Chris is past President of Council on the Ageing NSW, and Aged Care and Community Services Association NSW.
He is married to Elaine with two adult children.