Title: Resilient Communities Champion
Appointing Authority: Welsh Government appointed member
Other members representing this Appointing Authority:
Originally from Ireland but living in Wales for the last 30 years — Chris is a
creative industries and regeneration professional with over 40 years’ experience working at senior management level in contemporary Visual Arts organisations in Belfast, Bristol and South Wales, as well as periodically operating as an independent art curator, creative advisor and project manager.
He is particularly interested in the interface between the rural and urban experience and the role that the imagination can play in redefining our understanding and appreciation of the land, landscape and the great outdoors. Above all he is motivated by ideas and cultural programmes in Wales that fundamentally address social justice and seek to ferment structural change in 'difficult-to-reach' communities and environments of social and economic deprivation, whether they be in the countryside, the Valleys or the inner city.
While based in the city of Cardiff, Chris is a fully signed up National Park Volunteer and for the last 7 years has worked in the captivating and historically rich setting of Craig-y-Nos Country Park in the Tawe Valley. In early 2017, with the inspirational support of the then Warden, Ian Penn and volunteer colleagues, he was a founder member of Criw Craggy. This newly formed BBNPA Friends group continues to go from strength to strength and provides considerable added value to the work of the Park, underpinning the important role that volunteering plays within the Authority’s burgeoning portfolio.
Chris is a keen cyclist on both road and mountain bikes, a rugby enthusiast and an avid hill-walker, who has traversed almost all reaches of the awe-inspiring Brecon Beacons National Park. Along with Women’s Hour and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, his go to radio programmes on BBC Radio are Farming Today and The Archers.