Chris is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy. He was Chief of the Defence Force for four years and served as Commanding Officer on HMAS Buccaneer and HMAS Stuart among other postings. He has held appointments as Defence Adviser, New Delhi, India, Director of RAN Surface Warfare School, Deputy Maritime Commander and Chief of Staff at Maritime Headquarters, Sydney. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree in 1996 by Deakin University.