Chris's interest in chemistry was confirmed in a two-day work experience programme in 1968 at the Glaxo site in Greenford, just a mile from his home, and after completing O, A and S levels at Eliots Green Grammar School, he went on to read chemistry at York University.
He was fortunate to get his first job with Glaxo in 1973, at the Greenford site. His career as a chemist with GlaxoSmithKline spanned 36 years, starting in research inventing new potential medicines, then developing scalable processes in development and, finally, leading the technical team establishing new, global supply chains for the manufacturing division. He took early retirement as a Technical Director in October 2009 and joined the RSC’s Downland Local Section committee.
Chris was appointed Honorary Secretary at the first meeting and has continued to make a contribution to the local section ever since, and has served on other bodies such as the South East Regional Steering Group, Member Networks Committee and Member Communities Board.