Chris was elected Chair of Bretforton Community Shop in 2013, which has successfully traded for the past five years. He is also an advisor at the Plunkett Foundation and is currently completing his formal accreditation as a community shares advisor.
Set up in response to the closure of the last village shop, Bretforton Community Shop is a well-established community business that provides a range of essential services to a village of around 1500 people with a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds. The sop also provides a route to market for a range of local producers and businesses, runs a series of lunch clubs aimed at the older and potentially isolated residents, works with the local housing association to address issues of digital exclusion and provides both job opportunities for local people and volunteering roles to help return to work and reduce social isolation.
Through the Plunkett Foundation and other organisations, they support both existing and start-up community businesses to become established and successful, including pubs, shops, hubs and market gardens.
The Peer Brokerage Programme supports Chris and his colleagues continue to deliver support, advice and guidance to both new and growing community businesses. When he’s not working, he’s helping to bring up two daughters aged 11 and 14 which doesn’t leave a lot of time outside of work. Christ does enjoy sport, specifically football (Newcastle United – not always so enjoyable…) international cricket and horse racing. Living near Stratford-upon-Avon, he is also a regular theatregoer at the Royal Shakespeare Company.