Chris was educated at Maitland Marist and St Clements College Galong. He is a graduate of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and Sydney University. He is an alumnus of St. Patrick’s Seminary and the Senior Executive Program of the London School of Business.
After a short career as a teacher and academic, Chris’ professional life has been spent in health and aged care policy, management and service development. He was the inaugural director of the John Plunkett Centre for Medical Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital. Chris 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 New South Wales. Catholic Healthcare grew from a single employee in 1994 to be the largest provider of aged care services in the Catholic sector nationally with over three thousand employees by 2008. Catholic Healthcare was also noted for the number of public private partnerships it successfully concluded with New South Wales Health.
Chris is currently the CEO of Scalabrini Villages Ltd the largest CALD aged care provider in Australia. It was founded nearly fifty years ago by the Italian community of New South Wales and is being re-founded as a model provider of person centered care for people living with dementia.
Chris is President of the Council on the Ageing NSW and past President of the Aged Care and Community Services Association New South Wales.
He is married to Elaine with two adult children.