Chris Hayman has a PhD from the University of NSW, an Honours Degree in Social Policy and History from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Melbourne.

His knowledge of McEwen electorate began in the 1990s in Hurstbridge and the wider northern area working in aged care social work. Since 2008, with his wife, he has operated a design consultancy business with a focus on Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges.