Chris was born in England, and began his working career in the Merchant Navy serving an apprenticeship as a Marine Engineer. He was later promoted to Second Engineer Officer on supertankers. He resigned from the Merchant Navy in order to attend the University of Wales, where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering. In 1973 he immigrated to South Africa and in 1982 obtained a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from UNISA.
Ivor Evans graduated from Wits. University with a B.Sc. Eng (Civil) degree in 1956 and an MBA in 1986. His career began as a Junior Engineer with the South African Railways, followed by a period with contractors on infrastructure construction before a spell working overseas.