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: Business strategy and leadership; enterprise technology; commerce; public policy; mobility; cloud; social media; digital rights; publishing; music and film distribution; collaboration; big data; analytics; security; unified communications; robotics; AI; automation; machine learning; space exploration; science; open source; outsourcing; child safety online.
Published in: The Guardian; the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World; The Times; Computing; Computer Weekly; Professional Outsourcing; Strategist magazine; iamtheStrategist.com; diginomica; i-CIO; Publishing News; Citywire; Digital Marketing World Forum (#DMWF); Child Internet Safety; BusinessCloud9.com; Personnel Today; UCInsight.com; Sourcingfocus.com; Business & Technology; NRM; Outsource; and PC World, among others.
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.
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.
Conference host and public speaker
Chris is an experienced public speaker and conference host – chairing events and panels at UC EXPO, at Computing conferences, and hosting one day of the Space Innovation Congress 2016, among others – and has appeared on Sky TV, and in numerous webinars and podcasts.
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.
- 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’ worldwide 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 a selection of recent articles below. NB Strategist links are not currently working, as the site is down for redevelopment.
Links to select recent articles
How Amazon’s Echo could kill marketing (diginomica)
The boy who marketed the future (LinkedIn)