It can be a daunting task, talking about yourself for your work bio, especially when you are as new as Chris is. He is taking it on the chin considering this is only his second day at Sansaw.

In truth, Chris doesn’t seem ruffled – he’s a highly qualified individual with a Masters from the RAU in rural estate management and a BSC in biology; it won’t take him long to learn the ropes.

“I plan to stay here and work my way up, as the area has everything I could wish for. I have long-term plans to stay in farm management,” he reveals.

Originating from Malvern in Worcestershire, Chris lived with his father, a university Professor, his civil servant mother and his young brother, Stephen.

There was no such chance of Chris not being exposed to the great outdoors. He grew up riding horses, a past time he did with his mother and got involved with livestock farming on a friend’s farm in Herefordshire.

As for prior work life, Chris spent three years working in an office as a land agent for Brown & Co but longed for something more practical and to be reunited with nature.

“I missed being outside,” he admits. “Being cooped up in an office was not for me. After three years I needed to make a change.”

Chris is delighted to wave goodbye to the flat terrain of Witney in Oxfordshire. As a keen cyclist with a Specialized Enduro bike worth more than his car, Chris is looking forward to taking full advantage of local terrain during his free time.

“Moving back to the Midlands was as important for my career as it was for my hobby,” stated Chris.  

Outside of work, Chris lives with his girlfriend and their working cocker. He enjoys clay pigeon and game shoots, but acknowledges he’s, at best, an average shot.