Marketplace, SaaS & Product Strategy Expert. Founder @ Fixington. Previously Product @ BBC, Tesco & huddle. Expertise in startups, revenue models and product management.
Product @ BBC, Tesco & huddle. CEO @ Keepmebooked - hotel SaaS startup. Focus your product and the features you want to build so that you don't waste time building something that nobody wants to use.I can chat through some best approaches and answer questions on product management & analytics.
I worked with Chris in BBC Worldwide for around 2 years and he was a joy to work with.
He has an infectious cheerfulness even when he is working under a lot of pressure. He understands the importance of delivering customer centric product solutions and the role that SEO has to play. Because of his technical background, he communicates business requirements in very clear and concise manner and understands technical challenges that developers face.
I worked with Chris on topgear.com where his role was akin to that of Product Manager of the site.
In my opinion the role of the Product Manager is to ensure the site meets the needs of the users and the business and to select and prioritise enhancements to the site to meet those needs.
This is exactly what Chris did. He provided clear direction to the project team and was able at all times to help us prioitise and select our work.
This combined with his excellent knowledge of analytics meant that Chris was a central and key member of the web team.
I would not hesitate to recommend him for any kind of product management/ programme management role and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again.
Chris has a valuable combination of entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work well within a team. He has not only a deep knowledge of digital, but also the ability to put it into practice.
I worked with Chris on multiple projects, including the hugely successful re-build of the Topgear.com homepage. He stays focussed on what works for the user, and is always open to feedback from his colleagues to further improve the product. Highly recommended.
I found Chris to be an incredibly competent and thorough colleague during the few years I worked with him. His attention to detail and true passion for the work he was doing made him an invaluable team member.
Without doubt some of the most enjoyable work I have done at the BBC was working closely with Chris in developing new products/functionality on the Good Food, Radio Times, Gardeners' World and Top Gear websites. Losing him to Tesco was a massive blow to the team.
He occupies this most unusual position of being thoroughly likeable, inspiring and relaxed while being professional and quietly tenacious, bringing great momentum to every project. He listens carefully, respects his colleagues' expertise and easily manages to identify which ideas are valuable.
Chris stands out as having such a breadth and depth of understanding in every aspect of his work from the technical detail, to the business motivations and the customer requirement: communicating effectively at every level. In a relatively new industry we find many people who are essentially just one page ahead and bluffing it: putting up jargon smokescreens or nodding blindly - Chris is a notable exception.
It was with good reason we called him (not to his face) The Boy Wonder.