Chris was born in the Swansea Valley and educated at Moriston Comprehensive. After leaving school Chris went on to work as a rural auctioneer and estate agent and also managed one of Mid Wales' largest mixed veterinary practices based in Hay-on-Wye. Even now he regularly puts his auctioneering skills to good use raising thousands of pounds for charities, local schools and community groups.
In 2012 Chris was elected as the Powys County Councillor for the Glasbury Ward. During his time as a County Councillor, he was well respected as a hard campaigner for his area by sorting out flooding issues, resolving planning disputes and fixing the highways and byways. In 2015 he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Brecon & Radnorshire with the largest majority since 1983.
Chris is a truly local voice and is well known to many as a main ring commentator at the Royal Welsh Show where he is also the Assistant Honorary Director of Horses, a role he thoroughly enjoys. He is also involved with many community groups throughout Brecon and Radnorshire and still takes his turn to cut the grass in his local village play park!
As a backbench Member of Parliament Chris has led the call for the delivery of super-fast broadband to be rolled out across rural mid Wales and also fighting to keep our local schools open. He takes a keen interest in rural affairs and sits on the influential Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Chris strongly believes that farming is a vital part of our rural economy and is forming a reputation as a true ambassador for the rural sector.
A family man to the core, Chris enjoys spending time with his family at his home in Glasbury-on-Wye. Both he and his wife Liz enjoy taking their children horse riding and walking their dog, Lucy.
Chris was re-elected on June 8th 2017 with an overall majority of 8038. In January 2018 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Wales Office.