BSc CEng MIEE MBHI
Chris worked in the electronics industry for more than 20 year; posts spanned field service through design and development to training, sales and marketing. Redundancy forced a career change and Chris moved into teaching in secondary schools his main subject being technology. Once qualified he went into short-term contracts standing in for teachers who were ill; schools taught in ranged from one under special measures through the state and independent sectors including boys’ and girls’ grammar schools. His last appointment was at Port Regis, one of the UK’s leading prep schools.
Turret clocks have been Chris’s interest since he was a boy; the first he saw was in a derelict tower from the school’s playing field and when he was 19 he became involved in the clock’s restoration. Since then he has been involved in many restoration events including projects in Canada, Australia, Italy and Africa. For 27 years Chris was on the Committee for the Turret Clock Group of the Antiquarian Horological Society and was Chairman for half of that time. He has also served on the Board of the British Horological Institute and has been Vice-Chairman of the Institute. Currently Chris is on the Clocks Committee of the Church Buildings Council a Church of England body that advises on historical issues and awards grant aid.
After finishing as a teacher Chris worked professionally as a turret clock horologist servicing and restoring clocks as well as running training courses. He is now retired and continues his drive to raise the awareness of turret clocks and to preserve these fascinating pieces for future generations.