Head of Business Development and Engagement
Chris leads on workplace mental health for the Foundation across the UK, combining programme and policy activities on workplace mental health with the management of our corporate partnerships and workplace training and consultancy services.
Chris’s background is in mental health policy, research and campaigns. 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 and social media in promoting mental health and supporting recovery. 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.