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 the Slough Business Community Partnership and was its Vice Chairman from 2007 - 2012.

In 2007 he was appointed a trustee of Berkshire Community Foundation and was elected Chair of Trustees in 2010, a post he held for five years.

In 2019 he founded Charity Mentors Berkshire to provide leaders of the voluntary sector in Berkshire with effective mentoring and support to facilitate strategic thinking and skilful leadership.

In 2020 he was appointed a trustee of Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

In January 2018 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of The Royal County of Berkshire.

Chris was appointed Chair of Trustees of Prior’s Court Foundation in September 2018.