Chris was born in Singapore and has travelled extensively all over the world and within the UK. This has given him the natural ability to relate to all people, regardless of background, heritage or culture. Chris loves all sports, in particular cricket (where he is a qualified coach & umpire) and rugby. Chris has only just come to terms with the devastating fact that despite being able to talk a good game, he was never good enough to play either sport for England! He is however blessed with children... (no pressure!) Chris is married to fiction author Celina Grace. Chris supports many charities, in particular Julian House, Medicin Sans Frontiere & Shelter. Chris is also passionate about civil liberties and has been a member of Liberty for many years.
After studying law at university, Chris embarked on a career in media sales, publishing & marketing and he went on to hold director posts in some of the country's largest media companies, working on some of the biggest household name brands. Since 2010, Chris runs his own business - Frank Hampshire Media & Consultancy - providing businesses & individuals with internet marketing services & advice. In 2012, Chris wrote the chart topping political campaigning book 'Social Politics: Political Campaigning in a Social Media Era' (http://amzn.to/Mn1kKu). Chris is a member of the 'BathSpark' group of technology professionals in Bath and works with 'The Guild' co-working hub in the Guildhall.
Chris was drawn to politics from an early age. From chairing the Pupil's Council at school, he went on to becoming President of the Student's Union at sixth form and serving two terms as President of the Student's Union at Middlesex University. Chris gave up politics to focus on his career but felt compelled to become politically active again after joining the march against the Iraq War and hearing Charles Kennedy speech. Chris is an ardent opponent of ID cards and having lived alongside Gurkhas in Hong Kong, Chris was appalled by how unfairly they were being treated compared to regular army regiments. The Liberal Democrats were the only party whose values of freedom, fairness and fidelity chimed with his own and he became an activist within his local branch in 2006...