Chris has spent his entire professional career working in the Advertising and Marketing sector. His early career was spent in leading international advertising agencies, latterly as a creative director. In 1977 he co-founded his own agency, Barrett Howe which became a leading UK Business-to-Business and Brand development Agency. In 2013 he founded Rapport Marketing, a Brand and Marketing Consultancy that advises organisations on the development of Strategic marketing communications; Brand Creation and Development; and Public and Press relations. In 2001 Chris was part of a small group of business people who came together to form ‘Slough Business Community Partnership’ and was its Vice Chairman from 2007 - 2012. In 2007 he became a trustee of ‘Berkshire Community Foundation’ and was elected Chair of Trustees in 2010, a post he held for five years. Upon stepping down in June 2017 he was invited to become Managing Trustee of the Rivertime Boat Trust. In January 2018 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of The Royal County of Berkshire. Chris joined the Board of Prior’s Court in September 2018.