Born in Northern Ireland in 1954, Chris is the Managing Director of AESSEAL®, the UK’s last remaining and the world’s 4th largest mechanical seal manufacturer.
Chris graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1975 with an Honours Degree in Economics and has spent over 30 years growing the business, which had 8 people in 1979. The Group has 1557 employees and operates from 77 locations in 34 countries. 2012 sales were £132 million and the Group expects to exceed £150 million in sales in 2013, with exports accounting for more than 90% of the total. All of the product development, process development, information technology and more than 90% of manufacturing continues to be based in the UK.
Chris was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire in 2011 and was elected FIMechE in December 2012.