Chris Parkhouse DL

Founder and Chairman

Chris Parkhouse FIoD FRSA FISMM is the Founder and Chairman of Deyton Bell. He is an expert in business development issues, who has spent over 30 years with high profile organisations, operating both domestically and internationally. In 2005, Chris established Deyton Bell to provide clients in the UK and overseas with bespoke economic and commercial development support delivered via a range of consultancy, in house and outsourced services. The business has developed a blue chip track record since launch and is proud to work with leading public, private and not for profit organisations around the world.

Before assuming his current role, Chris worked for groups such as Provident Mutual, GRE, Aegon, Virgin, Abbey and Santander, in roles such as Corporate Sales Director and Director of Strategic Alliances. Chris has travelled extensively on business and has considerable global experience of international economic and commercial issues. He has managed business units active across over 80 countries. Although his primary focus is always on Deyton Bell, Chris has always been active across the wider community, and this has given him great insight and connectivity across the private, public and not for profit sectors. His activities have included:

  • 2005-2009 Chairman, Institute of Directors, Cambridgeshire
  • 2007-2009 Chairman, Cambridge International Relations Forum
  • 2007-2011 Non Executive Chairman, EEIDB Limited (t/a Business Link East)
  • 2007-2011 Deputy Chairman/Board Member, Greater Cambridge Partnership
  • 2008-date Liveryman and Freeman Worshipful Company of Management Consultants
  • 2009 Elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Directors
  • 2009-2017 Council Member of the Institute of Directors
  • 2009-2013 Chairman of the Institute of Directors, East of England
  • 2009-2011 Member of the Ministerial Regional Economic Forum
  • 2011-date Visiting Fellow in International Business, Ashcroft International Bus School, Cambridge
  • 2011-2015 Member, Nomination Committee, Institute of Directors
  • 2011-2015 Chairman, Greater Cambridge Group, GCGP Local Enterprise Partnership
  • 2013-2017 Honorary Commander, United States Air Force, 423rd Communications Squadron
  • 2013-2015 Member, Advisory Board, Institute of International Management Practice, Cambridge
  • 2013-date Member, Advisory Board, Ashcroft International Business School, Cambridge
  • 2013-date Director, East of England Business Group
  • 2014-2015 Director, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce
  • 2014-2015 Chairman, Constitutional and Governance Reform Group, Institute of Directors
  • 2015-2017 Chairman, Governance Committee, Institute of Directors
  • 2017 Elected Honorary Lifetime Fellow, Institute of Directors
  • 2018 Elected Fellow, Royal Society for Arts
  • 2019-date Trustee Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
  • 2019-date Chairman, Advisory Board, Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research

Away from the office, Chris is a rowing enthusiast who for over 40 years has trained and competed in all types of boat and crew, and he still enjoys any opportunity to be involved with the sport. He is a British Rowing Umpire and a Vice President of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association as well as a former Senior Coach of Wolfson College Cambridge and Past President of Rob Roy Boat Club.

In 2018 he was honoured to be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.

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