Chris is Director of Development for the Big Lottery Fund’s £215m A Better Start programme, which aims to deliver local systems transformation and improve early child development outcomes.  Chris was previously Head of Strategy and Development at the NSPCC where he led a national programme of research, service design and policy development. Chris joined the NSPCC from the Cabinet Office where he was Deputy Director of the government’s Social Exclusion Task Force.

Chris led the cross-Whitehall review on families at risk which resulted in the government’s ‘Think Family’ agenda.  He was also the lead official on parenting and early intervention policy for the government’s social exclusion action plan and was responsible for introducing a number of innovative interventions. Prior to joining the civil service, Chris worked in the private sector specialising in social and advertising research, including work on a number of major public health communications campaigns.

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