Our People, Our Community - Meet Chris Evans

22 September 2016

 

Occupation: IT Manager, New Hope Group

Background info:

New Hope Group will have its very own sailing superstar come December as IT Manager Chris Evans prepares to compete in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

The keen yachtsman is based at New Hope’s Corporate Office in Brookwater, Ipswich and since joining the company in 2005, has used his yachting experience to develop a tight knit and hardworking team.

Chris said out of all the lessons he’d taken from yachting, none had been more valuable than understanding the importance of a team that works together.

"New Hope has seen so much growth over the past ten years, and during my time with the IT department we’ve grown from 3 staff, to 10," he said.

"Successful yachting hinges on the ability of a crew to work together and it’s a quality I’ve really tried to embed in our department."

Chris recently returned from 8 days of yacht racing in the Whitsundays and said he is thankful for a job that allows him to travel and invest in his passion.

"I love being able to take part in these smaller races because it’s a great time to refine technique and get used to different yachts and racing conditions out on the water," he said.

"I think sailing is one of those things that’s in your blood.

"I love the water and the outdoors so yachting offers a great combination of both – and it means I get to see some of the most beautiful places our country has to offer."

Chris will compete in the 72nd Sydney to Hobart as the bowman on board the 46ft yacht, Dekadance, in December.