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Chris Theobald

Chair of the Board

Chris has connections with Cumbria spanning several decades, including as a Board Member for the parent body of the Low Level Waste Repository at Drigg and as a senior executive in the nuclear sector. He has long admired Cumbria and its people. “There’s a resilience and a resourcefulness to the people here, influenced by geography, climate and a remoteness from metropolitan Britain,” he said. Chris strongly believes developing and retaining local talent is fundamental for sustainable regional prosperity. “Delivering this will be a challenge but CfLP is a great example of a locally born and bred initiative rising to meet that challenge. I am delighted to play my part as Chair of the Board.”

“As the Centre approaches its 10th anniversary, it can be rightly proud of its contribution towards elevating the capability and aspiration of Cumbrian leaders. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the continuing need for resilient, adaptable and inspiring leaders. It has also revealed the need for new digital skills, platforms and methods, presenting a great opportunity for the Centre.”

“I am confident of a stable and growing CfLP business, delivering its enduring mission of ‘Developing Cumbria’s Leaders for Today and Tomorrow’.”
Chris has held senior positions in major international companies in the nuclear and defence sectors. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Authority. He lives in Edinburgh.

Chris’ Leadership Top Tip

“Every leader needs followers”