Chris is nationally recognized for his leadership in waterway and urban water management and for his contribution to establishing Melbourne as a world leader in water sensitive urban design.
At Melbourne Water, he was instrumental in building and leading the Waterways business providing waterway management and developer services to a region of five million people. His strong leadership and personal vision helped transform services with a focus on a vision of ‘Life and liveability’.
Chris was the founding CEO of the Office of Living Victoria (OLV), an agency established by the Victorian Government bringing agencies together to ensure water was planned for and used in ways that support and enhance the liveability of Melbourne.
He has chaired a number of Ministerial advisory committees related to urban and water planning that have led to significant planning and legislative reforms and was recently appointed by the Minister for Water to chair the Birrarung Council, a new statutory body, which brings together Traditional Owners and community to act as the ‘voice for the Yarra River.
Chris continues to contribute to the management of Victoria’s water resources as a Commissioner of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and supports practitioners involved in the shaping of our cities through his role as Chairman of a not for profit organization, Loci Environment and Place (Vic).
Currently, Chris is a key strategic thinker at the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities where he leads research into integrated urban and water planning. He also continues to influence the industry through a number of advisory panels for Melbourne Water, the Victorian Planning Authority and the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability and Urban Development Institute of Australia.