Chris started out as a self-employed independent financial adviser in 1998 (incorporating as Ovation on 1st January 2000) with a strong vision. At the time, financial advice was all about product sales and high up-front commissions. Chris believed that financial advice should be more about planning and a long-term relationship with clients. At the time, he was laughed at (quite literally) for these ideas.
All these years later, Ovation delivers planning and advice in a way that makes Chris and our wonderful team very proud.
The Managing Director of Ovation for 20 years, Chris also founded the Initiative for Financial Wellbeing, the Eternal Business Consultancy and the Backwell Flax Bourton Cricket Club youth section.
Now, as Chair, Chris supports the amazing employees of Ovation. He loves the fact that everyone here believes in the core purpose he set out to achieve: helping clients to be happier.
The first time Chris went on eBay, he accidentally bought a banjo. Music is important to him, and Ovation was named after the only guitar he owned at the time; he now has a few more!
He is also a Level 2 cricket coach and collects graphic novels.
Chris in the spotlight
When did you join Ovation?
From the beginning!
Where can we find you on an ideal weekend?
Watching Gloucestershire County Cricket with my daughter, Bristol Rovers with my son, or preparing for a dinner party with my wife.
What makes you laugh?
What makes you cry?
Who would you most like to have round for dinner?
Robin Williams. Although I’ve got a few questions for God…
What’s your favourite song to sing along to in the car?
Love Cliché by Bran Van 3000.
What was the first album you ever bought?
The Fine Art of Surfacing by The Boomtown Rats.
What was the best gig/concert you’ve ever been to?
Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans.
What’s your pet peeve?
Only one?!? Okay, let’s go for… tailgating.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win gold for?
Playing guitar to a standard just good enough to make people who don’t play the guitar think you’re really good (answer courtesy of my son).
When the dessert menu arrives, what are you looking for?
An overripe cheese.
What’s the one thing you’d like to do before you die?
I’ve already done it. It’s all downhill from here.