Christopher’s love of theatre began in his early teens as a volunteer at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. He subsequently trained as a Stage Manager at the Central School of Speech and Drama and joined the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Glyndebourne Opera, the Wexford Festival, the Donovan Maule Theatre in Nairobi and Musica Nel Chiostro in Tuscany. Moving to senior management roles at the Watford Palace Theatre and the festivals of Buxton and Edinburgh, he subsequently became Chief Executive of Brighton Festival, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and, most recently, Birmingham Royal Ballet. There he managed the company through the banking crisis years, building a substantial development income which enabled the production of 24 new ballets. Christopher is a former Chair of the dance agencies in Nottingham and Brighton and was a long-term trustee of Dance Umbrella. He is Deputy Chair of Rambert Dance Company.