Chris was born in Perth, Western Australia. As a former paratrooper, Chris served with the Australian Army including attachments to the New Zealand Army, the British Parachute Regiment and deployments to Africa, South East Asia and Central America. He retired at the rank of Major.
In addition to his military career, Chris led security operations for a major international aid agency in East Timor during the 1999 emergency, oversaw the upgrade of Counter Terrorism First Response measures at Sydney Airport in the wake of the September 11 attacks of 2001, and in 2003 when protesters painted ‘No War’ on the sails of the Sydney Opera House, he was headhunted to take over the protection of the iconic landmark.
In 2008 he was appointed Sheriff of New South Wales, one of Australia’s most historic law enforcement appointments.
Chris is a fiction writer and his successful ‘Intrepid’ series had a massive following and was recently optioned for film and television.
Chris has been a long-time supporter of veteran welfare agencies, with a particular focus on homelessness after his experience leaving full-time service with Defence.
His support of our founder and CEO Jay has been incredible. From a humble meeting in mid-2015, these men have become close mates and allies in the veteran welfare space.
Chris now lives on the New South Wales south coast with his wife Sarah and their sons, Morgan and Rhett.