Chris is Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on FinTech, which 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, internet banking etc.
Chris is Co Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology, which aims to disseminate knowledge, generate debate and facilitate engagement on assistive technology amongst Members of both Houses of Parliament. The group will also conduct detailed policy research projects and provide in-depth parliamentary monitoring and analysis to its associate member organisations and parliamentarians. Chris spoke at the launch event in Speakers House and 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 also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group, which was founded in 1994 by MPs and Peers to establish a dialogue between parliamentarians and university leaders on the issues concerning higher education. The University APPG’s objective is to be the main avenue of communication between parliamentarians and vice-chancellors of the UK’s universities; and to provide an opportunity to examine issues affecting the country’s university sector and university research which is influencing public policy and higher level skills.