He is responsible for ensuring that we maintain and balance our financial sustainability alongside the social impact we seek. He oversees our central teams on finance, governance, communications and risk and also leads our health and work team, including the scaling of Individual Placement and Support (IPS).
Chris joined in 2015 and for several years led our Impact Incubator initiative, partnering with charitable foundations to develop systemic solutions to drive impact at scale. His work has included establishing Black Thrive to drive race equity in mental health, creating the national capacity building charity Reset to support community led refugee resettlement, and developing the Refugee Transitions Outcomes Fund.
Prior to joining in 2015 he was Group Operations Director at Oasis Charitable Trust, a large group of charities which supports communities across the UK. He led their central functions including strategic finance and ensuring the overall sustainability of the different parts of the group, and advising on projects and new initiatives. Previously he worked for seven years with the national homelessness charity Crisis, as a project manager and Head of New Projects Delivery. He started his career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, originating equity-linked and derivative projects.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Playing music — bass guitar and guitar — and taking on ever more ambitious DIY projects.
What do you do to unwind?
Spending time with my boys, or pottering around the garden.
What’s your speciality in the kitchen?
I make a mean carbonara — the Italian way!