Chris was the first elected president of ACMP ( Society of Advertising, Commercial and Media photographers), subsequent Chairman, is an accredited member of the AIPP ( Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) since the early 80’s, a professional member of ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers). Chris was an Integral member of a joint AIPP/ACMP committee that achieved significant amendments to the copyright act in 1998, and to this day continues lobbying on Copyright and other legislative issues on behalf of the professional photography industry. Chris is currently an advisor to the board of the AIPP on copyright and other government legislation that impacts the industry. He was given a Life Membership of the AIPP in 2016. He was a Director of the Australian Copyright Council for 8 years until 2014. He is currently a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
He has wide respect in the photographic community around the world and has spoken both in Australia and overseas to many photographers groups, University & Tertiary colleges, Government and the Media on issues relating to photography and the photo industry. And has spent a fair amount of that energy trying to educate IP lawyers, politicians and bureaucrats that aren’t involved in the bubble of the photo industry and generally don’t understand how photographers work. The list of speaking engagements is too long to list, but over the last 20 years, he has spoken at Vivid Festival, Head On, 3 AIPP national conventions, Cepic in London, many local photographer groups and students. He has lectured part time at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. He was a keynote speaker at the launch of a White paper on Orphan Works written by the Law faculties of Melbourne University and UTS, he has given evidence at Federal Government Senate enquiries, several State Government enquires, and has given presentations to the Australian Law Reform commission on proposed changes to the Copyright Act in 2013 and the Privacy Act in 2014, highlighting the impact that proposed changes might have on the photography industry. He has been invited twice to speak at the Biennial Symposium on Copyright (an international symposium for IP Lawyers ) in 2017 he gave a presentation to the Productivity Commission enquiry on proposed changes to the copyright act.
In another life he may well have pursued a career as a professional tenor choral singer, and has sung with several high standard choirs around Australia, including the choir of St James King St Sydney and the Sydney Chamber Choir.