All-Party Parliamentary Groups
Chris is Co Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology. The group aims to disseminate knowledge, generate debate and facilitate engagement on assistive technology amongst Members of both Houses of Parliament. The group also conducts detailed policy research projects and provides in-depth parliamentary monitoring and analysis to its associate member organisations and parliamentarians. Speaking at the launch event in Speakers House Chris explained the difference assistive technology such as text to speech software has made to him and his hopes for the group. Read more here.
Chris is founder member and Co Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain. The purpose of the group is to ensure that industry and society benefit from the full potential of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) making the UK a leader in blockchain/DLT’s innovation and implementation. The aims of the group are very much in line with those detailed in Chris’s own report, published in 2017, titled Distributed Ledger Technology for Public Good; leadership, collaboration and innovation. The group plans to highlight latest evidence, use cases and future policy scenarios while considering industry and societal implications as well as environmental opportunities.
Chris is Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on FinTech. The group was set up to raise awareness in Parliament of the growing importance of Financial Technology (FinTech) to the UK economy, to policy-making and to consumers. It aims to promote a regulatory framework that encourages a growing, inclusive and competitive FinTech industry, and seeks to investigate the potential applications of FinTech including peer-to-peer lending, crowd-funding, digital currencies and internet banking.
Chris is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the 4th Industrial Revolution. The group aims to support and promote the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Parliament and encourage government, parliamentarians, academics, the private sector, and other stakeholders to engage with 4IR-related issues. Chris is a passionate advocate for the opportunities afforded by the 4IR and equally passionate about the need for policy makers to engage meaningfully with the opportunities and challenges. He has questioned the government on what cross-Whitehall work they are undertaking to maximize opportunities from the fourth industrial revolution; particularly in terms of digital skills, artificial intelligence, machine learning and distributed ledger technology.
Chris is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group. The group was founded in 1994 by MPs and Peers to establish a dialogue between parliamentarians and university leaders on issues concerning higher education. The group offers an essential avenue of communication between parliamentarians and vice-chancellors of the UK’s universities; and provides an opportunity to examine issues affecting the country’s university sector and university research which is influencing public policy and higher level skills. As chancellor of BPP University Chris is engaged with both sides of the conversation and brings valuable expertise and perspective from the university sector. One policy issue Chris has raised repeatedly with the government is the benefit of removing international students from net migration statistics as a means of encouraging overseas students to consider the UK a welcoming destination for overseas study.