Chris is one of the UK’s leading business IT journalists.
Writing skills: Features; news; comment; blogs; analysis; interviews; special reports; bespoke copywriting; white papers; and research. Plus: product development; editing; leadership; and team building (see Magazine Editor).
Specialist subjects: Robots & robotics; AI & machine learning; IoT; automation; autonomous systems; big data & analytics; business strategy; leadership; enterprise technology; tech policy; government; technology ethics and social impact; mobility; enterprise cloud; digital rights; surveillance; publishing; music & film distribution; collaboration; security; unified communications; space exploration & astrophysics; science; open source; sourcing.
Published in: The Guardian; the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World; The Times; Computing; Computer Weekly; Professional Outsourcing; diginomica; Strategist magazine; iamtheStrategist.com; i-CIO; Hack & Craft News; Publishing News; Citywire; Digital Marketing World Forum (#DMWF); Tomorrow People (agency); CIS; BusinessCloud9.com; Personnel Today; UCInsight.com; Sourcingfocus.com; Business & Technology magazine; NRM; Outsource; and PC World, among others.
Interviewed on: Sky TV; BBC Radio 2; BBC local radio stations; Incisive Media webinars.
An original voice
Chris’ critical thinking, imagination, analysis, dark sense of humour, and status as a ‘cultured outsider’ make him an unusual voice in journalism: someone who can see either opportunities or risks in a situation much sooner than most – and then explain why in simple and powerful terms. He zeroes in on the ethical and societal elements as well as the technology and its strategic applications.
Chris has produced over 100 white papers and bespoke research projects for Incisive Media and other blue-chip companies, and has written an in-depth analyst report on Digital Rights for Juniper Research.
Pundit, conference host, and public speaker
Chris has been interviewed many times – on Sky TV, on BBC Radio 2 and local BBC stations, among others – talking about robotics and AI. He has also appeared in numerous webinars and podcasts.
Chris is an experienced public speaker and conference host, hosting the Space Innovation Congress and the Digital Marketing World Forum (DMWF), among others, and chairing panels at UC EXPO, Computing and Businesscloud9 conferences.
A future thinker over two decades…
- In 1995, Chris’ first article as a journalist predicted Apple’s resurgence.
- In 1997, he wrote ‘Can you hear me, Major Tom?’, the first in-depth report on the internet’s threat to the music industry, interviewing George Michael, the Cocteau Twins, technologists, and major label CEOs, for Business & Technology magazine.
- Further reports followed on how digital businesses would disrupt industries such as retail, insurance, travel, and the automotive sector – long before most business magazines were discussing it.
- His analyst report ‘Digital Rights Strategies for Rich Media Content’ (Juniper Research, 2004) accurately predicted today’s trends in music, film, and digital content distribution over ten years ago.
- Chris single-handedly launched and produced 14 print quarterly issues of Professional Outsourcing magazine, together with 12 spin-off supplements, between 2010 and 2014, writing, editing, designing, and laying out the publication. He also conceived, designed, and launched Strategist magazine and iamtheStrategist.com.
- In 2014, a Strategist article co-written with Stuart Lauchlan forced a reversal of UK government policy on its plans for the G-Cloud.
- In 2015, Chris’ world exclusive on PayPal’s global outage was one of Computing’s top ten most widely read news stories of the year.
- In 2017, Chris was the only journalist in the world to uncover Apple’s plans for a new CRM system, in a news story published in Computing.
- Chris is probably the only technology journalist in the UK – possibly worldwide – to own a real humanoid robot.
Links to select recent articles
Rolls Royce’s robotic jet engine surgery (Hack & Craft News)
Why a quarter of workers really could be robots (Hack & Craft News)
How Amazon’s Echo could kill marketing (diginomica)
The boy who marketed the future (LinkedIn)