Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the opportunities presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution. His interest and expertise is heavily focused on understanding how new technologies can serve us all.

“Technology does not need to be miraculous but it must be sufficient. Does it solve a problem? Does it enable and include?”

Chris Holmes

Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technologies

In November 2017 Chris published a report that calls on the Government to explore how Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) can be used for public good.

“Handled correctly, this technology could have a huge number of potential applications across many different sectors.”

Chris Holmes

Chris has been urging the government to ensure that they act now to ensure the benefit is realised for the public good.


One year on a progress update was published: 

Chris has also published a report about a DLT Proof of Concept he has been involved with.

Reducing Friction in International Trade

Trust, Ethical AI and Digital Skills

Chris’s membership of House of Lords Select Committees:

has informed his approach to some of today’s key policy challenges, namely ensuring today’s citizens are equipped with the skills to benefit from the 4th Industrial Revolution and placing ethical considerations and public good firmly at the heart of regulating Artificial Intelligence.

Innovation and Inclusion

Chris speaks often on the interplay between inclusion and innovation. He is interested in technology as an enabler and takes a keen interest in digital inclusion; whether that be assistive technology, financial inclusion through Fintech (financial technology) or improvements to digital infrastructure. He pursues these policy areas through his work in Parliament and involvement in: