In July 2015, Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University. You could have knocked him down with a feather when he heard the news! Much to his accountant’s amusement, the academic degree was for Economics and Law.

This was for the work Chris did creating and building Totally Locally into a free resource and for the help he has given to towns and communities. Safe to say one of the most amazing & humbling experiences Chris has ever had.

Chris was keen to point out that this really he was also representing everyone who has been involved with organising Totally Locally nationally and within their own towns, with the passion and drive to make them even better.

Chris gave a speech in front of well over 1,000 people and had an amazing day. Thank you to the amazing staff and students of Staffordshire University and John Fairburn for putting him forward for this.