Chris lived and worked in Italy and Athens for five years before returning to the UK to complete his PhD on the American poet, Frank O'Hara. Chris taught at Campion School from 1988 to 1991.
In 1992 Chris received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. He has since published three volumes of poetry, two novels, and written the screenplay for Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, which was selected to occupy the prestigious closing slot at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The film enjoyed its international release in 2010.
Chris is married with has two young sons and was Deputy Head, Academic at Sevenoaks School in Kent for many years. He was also principal at Southbank International School, Westminster Campus. He is now Principal and CEO of the British School of Milan.