|Industry Qualifications:||Approved Instructor for the City and Guilds Balloon Art Courses
Intermediate Certificate of the Society of Floristry
Originally trained as a science teacher, Christopher launched his floristry business in 1983 and gained recognition and industry awards in the following years. Balloons were introduced in 1993 and became the major part of the business, which specialized in Weddings, Special Events, Themed Events and Education.
Christopher has a great deal of enthusiasm and experience in the industry and is equally at home teaching a class to beginners as well as those with extensive backgrounds in the balloon industry. He is well known for his unique talent for making the most complicated of designs really simple. He is the designer and presenter of two respected instructional videotapes and has contributed to industry publications such as "Balloon Images", "Party Times" and "Party Party" Magazines on many occasions.
He is reknowned for his unique teaching style - believing strongly in “education through entertainment”, and for his talent for improvisation and creativity. He has taught at IBAC and EBS since 1997, the Asia Pacific Balloon Symposium since 1999 and many other educational venues and events around the world. He organized his own Global Educational Tours on a twice yearly schedule, and in 2000 became the first teacher to teach on all six inhabited continents.
Christopher is acclaimed for his many competition wins, and in 2002 became the first “Master Designer” by achieving First Place in a competition between previous winners from Europe, held in Florence, Italy. He is also an international competition judge for the industry.
After almost 10 years of traveling and teaching, Christopher decided early in 2003 to take time out from his schedule to spend time with his family – his wife Julie and two young sons, William and Oliver. He was employed as the Manager of the Floral Department in a chain of Garden centers, where his creative and organizational skills continued to be tested to the fullest. He set-up a series of highly popular demonstrations of floristry, and planned and executed a comprehensive educational program.
In October 2004 Christopher joined Amscan International as a Product Manager to complete the development of their latex decorator balloons. Christopher is currently running a program of demonstrations and training courses which are different than any previously offered. His particular area of interest and expertise is in the combination of Latex, Foil and decorative products in ways that have so far been unexplored. The revolutionary range of foil decorator shapes was conceived and developed by Chris, and has become the hottest new decorator product to-date.