Christopher Histed

Christopher Histed

Christopher Histed (born 1964) is a British businessman and entrepreneur with a career in media, the internet and consultancy.

Christopher Histed
Born 23 June 1964 (1964-06-23) (age 47)
Bromley, Kent, England
Nationality British
Occupation Businessman, information technologist

Born in 1964, he attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from City University, London and a BSc in Combined Studies at the University of Leicester, following his education at Eltham College.



Public service for Parliament, City of London & pro-bono activity

Histed is a member of the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM).[1] He is a Freeman of the City of London; and serves as Court Assistant [2] and Chairman of the Education & Training Committee, and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the 100th Livery Company of the City of London which received a Royal Charter in June 2010.[3]

In addition to his business activities, Chris’s pro bono activities include providing guidance, consultancy and online services to charities and voluntary sector bodies. His pro-bono work has included projects for World Autism Awareness Day, the Royal Corps of Signals, Autistica, UK disability charity Radar[4][5] Citizens Advice, the Parliamentary All Party Group on Autism, e-Skills UK, IT 4 Communities,[6] National Autistic Society & others.

Living in Teddington, to the South-West of London, Chris has been a Governor at Lilian Baylis Technology School[7] in Lambeth, Trustee at The Vision Charity, has served in the Territorial Army (United Kingdom), and served as a board director at the Association of Business Communicators.

Business career

Currently Histed is the co-founder of Publitas Consulting LLP, which provides strategic advice and guidance to board & head-of-service level at Local Authorities, NHS, Universities and Central Government.

The first decade of his career was spent running traditional media portfolios starting in 1986 at Centaur Media plc, followed by seven years at Emap Business Communications[8][9] where he became a publishing director.

Internet ventures and interactive television were the theme for the second decade of Histed’s career, and in 1997 he moved to become head of Aspen Interactive (part of Aspen Group plc) and was responsible for major interactive projects including e-Ticketing for GNER.

Then, Chris became general manager of Sky Interactive Production at British Sky Broadcasting, with P/L responsibility for Sky's web businesses, directing the teams which developed SkySports Active and SkyNews Active, the world's first interactive TV services.

Following a period as Vice President at[10][11] he was appointed Director of strategy & UK General Manager at Silicon Media Group ([12][13][14][15] which was sold to NASDAQ-listed CNET Networks (now part of CBS) in 2002. Next, as Chief Operating Officer, he assisted the sale of Parliamentary Communications Ltd to Huveaux PLC.

In 2003 he founded Public Technology Ltd[16][17][18] and as CEO launched the Public Technology online information network (10 separate content driven online information including[19][20]

In 2004 he founded and then ran the e-Government National Awards,[21][22] the UK's public sector annual technology competition. This has been supported since inception by Cabinet Office Ministers, the UK’s Government CIO, and has had Prime Ministerial input from Number 10 Downing Street and support from David Cameron,[23] Gordon Brown[24] & Tony Blair.[25]

In 2009 he sold Public Technology Ltd to Sift Media Ltd,[26][27][28] and remains a non-exec & advisor to the business.


  1. ^ "PITCOM at 25, A short history of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee", Parliamentary Information Technology Committee, Page 22, London, 2006.
  2. ^ Worshipful Company of Information Technologists – list of Court members
  3. ^ Histed, Christopher (2010). A Celebration of the Granting of the Royal Charter to The Information Technologists' Company. Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. ISBN 978-0-9566011-0-0. 
  4. ^ Doing seniority differently - A study of high fliers living with ill-health, injury or disability - Exec summary, Page 5, RADAR, 2009,
  5. ^ Doing seniority differently - A study of high fliers living with ill-health, injury or disability - Full report, Page 8, RADAR, 2009
  6. ^ "The New Web System", IT 4 Communities Volunteer Newsletter, issue 23, London, 2006.
  7. ^ "Lilian Baylis Technology School visits the ITC Hall", WCIT Monitor Magazine, Page 5, January 2009.
  8. ^ . Histed, C.S. "Desktop video post-production: the reality of its use in the UK. An analysis of the expansion in use of desktop video post-production in the UK, across the broadcast and corporate video sectors ", International Broadcasting Convention, 1995. IBC 95., Page(s): 208 - 212, Publication Year: 1995 .
  9. ^ . "Teesside VR centre forges business links", TES, 14 February 1997.
  10. ^ BEN ROSIER " appoints former BSkyB general manager Christopher Histed as vice president",, London, 18 May 2000.
  11. ^ . " appoints Histed", Campaign Magazine, 18 May 2000.
  12. ^ . " appoints former vice president Christopher Histed as UK country general manager", New Media Age -, London, 5 July 2001.
  13. ^ . " hires UK country general manager", Marketing Magazine, 27 June 2001.
  14. ^ . "Silicon confirms a raft of top changes", Media Week, London, 04 April 2002.
  15. ^ "Online Information Sources Replace Traditional Media ", Ipsos MORI, London, 24 September 2001.
  16. ^ "Cabinet Office e-Bulletin", Page 6, Cabinet Office, London, November 2005.
  17. ^ "Public sectors contracts available on free website ", Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
  18. ^ About Public technology Limited & the Public Technology Information network
  19. ^ "Better Connected 2008", SOCITM Insight, Page 19, 2008.
  20. ^ "What others are predicting for council websites in 10 years' time ",, Monday, March 03, 2008 .
  21. ^ "2004 e-Government awards launched",, London, Wednesday, 22, Sep 2004 01:04.
  22. ^ Judges for the e-Government National Awards 2010
  23. ^ Prime Minister David Cameron at the e-Government National Awards 2010
  24. ^ Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the e-Government National Awards 2009
  25. ^ Prime Minister Tony Blair at the e-Government National Awards 2005
  26. ^ "Sift Media buys",, Oct 08, 2009.
  27. ^ Press release: Sift Media acquires public sector publisher, Sift Media, Tue, 03/11/2009
  28. ^ Sift-Public Technology acquisition Association of Online Publishers, 2 Oct 2009

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