Chris Tailby's professional career has spanned law, accountancy, customs and tax. In 2005, a few years before he retired, he was voted 'VATRat' of the Year – awarded by a panel of VAT practitioners to the person who has had the most impact in the year on the VAT world through pioneering anti-tax avoidance work.

He was awarded his CBE in 2009. Chris became involved in The Grange through his wife who is a volunteer here. He lives in East Horsley where he supports the local community by chairing the village hall committee, driving the community bus and playing an active role on the Parish Church Council.