Head of Communications and Fundraising
Chris leads a rapidly growing communications and fundraising department in Scotland and Northern Ireland, taking up this new role in 2020. The department brings together media, digital and marketing, with fundraising, and the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
Chris has been at the Foundation for ten years, first working in policy, research, and programmes in Scotland, before spending four years developing the Foundation’s workplace mental health and corporate partnerships programmes UK wide.
Chris’s background is in mental health policy, research, and campaigns – joining the dots and translating mental health concepts for different audiences. Before joining the Foundation, Chris was a programme manager working on policy into practice projects in public mental health. He spent three years providing research into practice support for the European Commission in developing the EU Pact on Mental Health. Prior to that Chris worked for See Me – Scotland’s programme to end stigma and discrimination in mental health.
Chris has a longstanding interest in technology and mental health, particularly in the positive aspects of technology in mental health, and an ongoing interest in workplace mental health and HR. His other areas of interest include mindfulness, trauma, stigma and discrimination, service design and mental health, young people’s mental health, suicide, and self-harm.
In 2011 Chris was selected as a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. Chris uses his lived experience of mental ill health and recovery to inform his work. Outside work Chris spends his time being a father of two, a documentary photographer, and a cook.