Christopher Abbott founded Maple-Brown Abbott with Robert Maple-Brown in 1984

Chris came to Australia in 1957 from the UK and has made an outstanding contribution to both the financial services and biotech industries. He was Executive Director of the International Pacific Group (Rothschilds), and he has also held non-executive directorships in QBE Insurance Group, Thomas Cook Australia and Enterprise Management of Australia.  He served as a Director of Maple-Brown Abbott from 1984 to 2006 and as Chairman from 1984 to 2000.

Mr Abbott now heads Asia Union Investments, a family company which has made significant investments in the Australian biotech industry. In 2005, he was awarded an Order of Australia for service to the financial industry particularly through venture capital projects and to the development of the biotechnology industry in Australia.

Chris’ strong belief is that a child is given life-long opportunities through exposure to education and intellectual stimulation at an early age. Through the Abbott Foundation, a private ancillary fund aimed at providing funding for organisations engaged in the development and education of young children, Chris has made a significant contribution to childhood education, funding Mission Australia to improve the facilities and family engagement at a number of pre-schools located in low socio-economic regions across Australia and supporting a wide range of other educational programs.