Chris began his career in Quantity Surveying. A renowned figure in the construction industry, he built the Symonds Group into one of the most successful construction consultancy businesses in the UK, selling it to the Capita Group in early 2004. Chris was awarded the OBE for services to the Ministry of Defense in 1996. He is currently Chairman of Bristol Bears Rugby Club, Vice Chairman of the Bristol Zoological Society and a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers and has done substantial terms as a governor of the University of the West of England and a Trustee of SS Great Britain. He is also involved in a number of charitable organisations and supports a variety of community projects.