Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE

Chris has extensive and varied experience across the public and private sector. An ex-corporate lawyer, Chris is an active member of the Lords with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion and the opportunities presented by the 4thIndustrial Revolution.

Chris is co-author House of Lords Select Committee Reports on: Artificial Intelligence[2018], Financial Exclusion[2017], Social Mobility[2016] and Digital Skills[2015] He is co-chair of Parliamentary Groups on Assistive Technology,  Fintech, Blockchain and the 4thIndustrial Revolution and has published a report; “Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and innovation” calling on the Government to look at the challenges and opportunities of this technology for improving public services. An progress updatewas published in November 2018.

Chris campaigns on various issues around accessibility, inclusion and social mobility and advises the Government on Diversity & Inclusion. Chris is also Chair of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, a Paralympic legacy project that is leading the way in applying technology and innovation to accessible design and is Deputy Chair at Channel 4.  He is also Chair of a niche innovation and change consultancy, helping public and private sector clients put Chris’s approach to inclusion and innovation into practice.

Prior to entering the Lords, Chris was Director of Paralympic Integration at the London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and is himself a former Paralympic swimmer who won nine gold, five silvers and one bronze medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.