Mr Chris Parkhouse DL

Chris Parkhouse is Executive Chairman of the Deyton Bell Group of Companies, the Cambridge based businesses which have offered specialist economic development advisory and delivery services to global clients since he founded the original firm in 2005. Prior to this he worked for high profile Groups such as Virgin and Santander where he managed business activities across 80 countries.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (FISMM) and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.

He has previously served as: Chairman of IoD Cambridgeshire, Chairman of IoD East of England, Council Member of the IoD, Chairman of the IoD Governance and Constitutional Committee, Chairman of EEIDB Limited, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research, Senior Visiting Fellow in International Business at Anglia Ruskin University,  Advisory Board Member at the Ashcroft International Business School, Trustee of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Director of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, Director of the East of England Business Group and as a member of various other business and community focussed bodies.

When not at work Chris enjoys rowing. He became involved with the sport in 1973 and since then has participated at many events across the UK both as a competitor and as an official. He served as President of Rob Roy Boat Club in Cambridge and as Senior Coach of Wolfson College Cambridge Women’s Boat Club for several years. He is currently Vice President of Cambridgeshire Rowing Association and an active British Rowing Umpire officiating at events on a regular basis.

Chris has a long standing family association with the USA so for several years was pleased to serve as Honorary Commander of the United States Airforce 423rd Communication Squadron and the 501st Combat Support Wing at RAF Alconbury.

Chris moved to Cambridgeshire in 1988 and lives with his wife Peta in the small village of Snailwell where he is Churchwarden of St Peter’s Church.

Chris was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 2018.