Dr Chris Corker was born in Sheffield and has lived in the city ever since. He has researched the steel and armaments industry in Sheffield for over a decade and completed his PhD in business history at Sheffield Hallam University in 2016. He currently works at the University of York where he is a Lecturer in Management.
In 2017 he was awarded the annual Coleman Prize for excellence in new business history research by the Association of Business Historians. In 2019 he was awarded an Emerald Literati award for his work in the Journal of Management History and in 2020 received a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award from the University of York for his outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.
In 2018 Chris curated the ‘Sheffield’s Great War’ event at Sheffield City Hall Memorial Hall and also worked as an adviser to the BBC2 ‘Made in Great Britain’ series which was filmed partly at Portland Works.
In the last five years Chris has presented research on Sheffield steel and armaments companies at international conferences in Montreal, Canada, the USA and across the UK and has also delivered numerous local history talks, including several of the Portland Works heritage lectures. Chris joined the Portland Works board in 2020 and was elected chair in May 2021.