Chris directs a number of The Shaftesbury Partnership’s ventures, including Social Business Partnership, as well as leading our engagement with local government. Independently, Chris leads the Trussell Trust, a growing charity that develops community based projects tackling poverty and social exclusion. These include the rapidly expanding foodbank network, a social franchise which has set up over 400 foodbanks across the UK in the last eight years.
Before focussing on the voluntary and social sectors, Chris spent over twenty years in senior public sector management where he held both Chief Executive and Chairman roles at local and national level. He was Chief Executive of Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust for ten years and the founding Chairman of Healthwork UK (now Skills for Health). He then became Chief Executive of a new non-departmental public body responsible for police training across England and Wales. Chris has led over fifteen start-ups and mergers and has substantial experience in professional development, skills and employment.
Chris read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, and has an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.