Christopher Tipler holds an honours degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Melbourne (1968). His early career was in Stockbroking (three years) and Corporate Finance (three years), where he acquired a good grounding in debt and equity management and financial management. He subsequently spent seven years in the Manufacturing sector, initially in a corporate development role, and subsequently in senior line management positions with Freighter Industries and Illinois Tool Works (Australia).
In 1981, Christopher joined the IBIS consulting practice in Melbourne and was instrumental in the firm's growth to become a leading strategic advisory firm in Australia. IBIS was sold to Deloittes in 1984 and then, as a partner of the firm, Christopher became Chief Executive of the Deloitte consulting arm in Australia (IBIS-DH&S).
In 1986 he formed The Collins Hill Group, a Melbourne-based strategy boutique which grew steadily over a fifteen year period to a group of 10 professionals with an extensive client list of 'blue chip' Australian and international companies. Christopher sold Collins Hill in late 2001 and now acts as an independent advisor to top management, supported by a small group of associates.
Over his 28 year career in consulting Christopher has developed deep knowledge in a number of industry sectors, including banking and finance, insurance, agriculture and food, tourism, manufacturing, professional services, resources and newspapers. A significant part of his work has been offshore, working for global corporations. He has also advised both state and federal governments in the areas of health and energy policy.
His particular strengths include industry and company analysis, strategy formulation, profit improvement, stakeholder engagement and facilitation. He has developed, and works with, a unique approach to strategic planning, the RIOS model, that enables companies to move swiftly from intent to sustainable outcomes. In recent years, Christopher has developed a deep interest in, and understanding of, corporate sustainability, considering it to be the greatest strategic challenge, and opportunity, for most companies. He has advised a number of leading Australian companies on their stewardship strategy.
Christopher is Executive Chairman of Rios Press, a new publishing house concentrating on works that promote effective thinking. Its first publication is Corpus RIOS – The How and What of Business Strategy.
Aged 63, Christopher is married with four adult children. His personal interests include farming, furniture design and woodworking. He is a member of The Australian Club and The Melbourne Cricket Club.
Where is Christopher J. Tipler now?
Christopher Tipler is currently in Australia providing advice to companies working with the RIOS model and completing speaking engagements related to Corpus RIOS.