One of the privileges of being involved with Ministry2Business is getting to meet a lot of people doing terrific work in different sectors and workplaces.
One of the challenges I’m aware of is it’s very easy to feel isolated when it comes to living out our Christian faith at work.
So, quite simply I hope these Spotlight interviews inspire and encourage us to see we’re not alone and we’re part of the bigger story that God is telling.
(NB: This interview was prepared before the covid-19 pandemic)
Introducing: Chris Air Senior Associate at DAC Beachcroft
Chris specialises in non-contentious technology projects, commercial contracts and advising on data protection compliance. He has over 5 years’ experience in advising clients across a range of sectors including health, financial services, retail and manufacturing. He is part of Vinelife Church Manchester.
1. Tell us a little bit about your business story – how and why did you get into the legal sector?
After doing a chemistry degree between 2000-2003, I subsequently joined the military and served as a royal marines officer between 2004 -2010. As I was preparing to leave the military I spoke with various friends about career options and eventually decided that I would requalify as a solicitor. This involved me going back to study full time for 2 years, and I did the law conversion course and solicitor’s legal practice course at the college of law in Manchester. I qualified in 2014 and felt that my strengths and interests lay in working with businesses so although I trained with a high street firm (Fiona Bruce LLP in Warrington) I subsequently joined DAC Beachcroft in September 2014 and have been there ever since. I specialise in commercial contracts, technology and privacy work and enjoy the fairly broad range of work which this entails. Culturally, DACB is also a great place to work.
2. What have been some of the significant encouragements in your work over the last year?
I was promoted in April 2019 after going through the promotion process at my firm – involving submission of a business case and interview process. I was really encouraged that the firm had acknowledged my hard work and commitment and was willing to invest in me. My wife and I had also had our first child a month earlier, so it was a time of real blessing.
3. Your Christian faith is an integral part of your life – how does it impact and shape your work – where have you seen God at work in your work?
God has opened doors for me, is a rock of faithfulness and has always taken care of me in terms of provision and protection. In my current role, I have a strong sense that He is in ultimate control, and that He will provide work even when there is uncertainty with the economy or in particular sectors or where there are factors which are outside of our control. This has given me a sense of peace regarding my work.
4. What has been a key lesson you’ve learned, or best bit of advice you’ve been given, and applied in your work?
A wise old friend told me that in terms of people, strength can exist in many forms, not just physically – and people who appear strong and tough on the outside can actually be very weak in other ways, and vice versa. It has helped me to appreciate the depth of people (or lack of) and to look beneath the surface.
5. What tools have you found helpful to keep growing in your faith especially in the context of weekly work?Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island and could have one luxury what would it be?
I listen to podcasts from Tim Keller, on the train once or twice a week – his ministry is very much aimed at people who work and live in a major city (he is based in NYC), and the cultural challenges they face, like idolatry. I find it inspirational and it helps me to maintain a bigger focus on the most important thing in life i.e. Jesus.
6. If you were stranded on a desert island and you could have one luxury what would it be?
Toothbrush. I can’t bear not having clean teeth.