Chris has since 2021 been Managing Director of Ellipse Projects UK Limited, which builds infrastructure in Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia. Before joining Ellipse he spent 10 years in Royal Dutch Shell and 25 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In Shell he was a Government Relations Adviser on Middle East and North Africa before becoming Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman from 2014-2019. At the time he was Chairman of the Boards of Shell Oman Marketing SAOG and Private Oil Holdings Oman Limited, and a member of the Boards of the Omani British Friendship Association, Petroleum Development Oman LLC, Oman LNG LLC and Qalhat LNG SAOC. He oversaw Shell’s acquisition of new exploration acreage in Oman and launched Shell’s Solar into Schools programme and a 25MW solar farm in the Sohar Free Zone. After returning from Oman he spent 18 months as Shell’s Vice President for the East Mediterranean.
In the Foreign Office he had postings to Cyprus, India, Turkey and Egypt. At various stages he could speak good Turkish and operational Hindi, although his Arabic never got beyond basic greetings. He read Economics and Modern History at Exeter College, Oxford, is married and has two adult daughters. He has two Omani wadi dogs and splits his time between London and Dorset.