Chris is an experienced and highly engaging speaker with a unique perspective on disruption, data, innovation and culture change in an organisation that has moved from being one of the smallest newspapers in Britain to one of the most respected, recognised and trusted news brands in the world.
Chris began his career as a primary school teacher before moving into acting. He is now The Guardian’s Editor for Strategic Projects, having previously spent seven years as the Audience Editor in the London newsroom, a role he originated.
Chris built and led the team responsible for finding the widest, most relevant audience for The Guardian’s outstanding journalism across the internet, from search to social and external referral. He defined the concept of responsible reach – finding huge audiences by embracing core journalism rather than writing about cats and Kardashians – and has been critical in defining best digital practice at The Guardian.
He is the lead strategist and co-creator of Ophan, a hack day project that developed over five years into the most advanced real-time data tool in any newsroom in the world and acts as a bedrock for newsroom digital strategy.
Chris is currently leading two key projects at The Guardian: using data to help editors become more efficient and significantly reduce the number of unread stories; and building new tools to help editors and journalists explain complex topics to a huge, varied audience.
Chris spends his days capturing, analysing and providing data across The Guardian to solve problems, define strategy and change culture. With the vast global audience he’s helped build for The Guardian there is a lot of data. His challenge is how to structure and present data in ways that make sense to journalists in a modern newsroom and that leads to positive, meaningful change in an industry under siege from disruptors.