Chris is a senior insurance legal practitioner and entrepreneur with over 20 years of advising upon, designing, leading and delivering effective insurance and self-insurance programs. He is a trusted advisor to a number of Australia's leading banking, funds management, property and construction players, including listed and unlisted property funds, developers, builders, contractors and financiers, and is the founder and Managing Director of boutique legal and consultancy practice Saltwater Insurance Consultants (www.saltwaterinsurance.com), a StartUpSmart Fastest 50 Award winner in 2011, and Saltwater Surety Services (www.saltwatersurety.com) .
Chris has significant expertise and experience in the design and management of corporate insurance, self-insurance and surety programs, the drafting of project finance and construction contracts and the effective resolution of large and complicated insurance claims. Chris has either led, or advised upon, large international corporate insurance and surety programs in jurisdictions as diverse as Dubai, Gibraltar, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
Chris is a regular speaker and presenter at events and conferences such as the Australian Mining & Petroleum Lawyers Association Annual Conference, the Risk Management Institute of Australia National Conference & Lunch Time Seminar Series and the Australian Council of Self-Insurers, in addition to presenting on corporate insurance programs to executives of clients and hosting elements of the Lloyds “Under 30’s Tour”. Chris recently contributed to the 2nd edition of "Surety for Dummies" by Rosenberg & Parker of Philadelphia, USA, as well as writing the chapter on “Surety Down Under” for “International Surety for Dummies” published in May 2012.