Head of Subject
Chris’ role is to lead and support academic colleagues in the Psychological Therapies & Mental Health subject group to deliver a portfolio of academic activity; high quality teaching; a first class student experience; impactful research activity; generating income through knowledge transfer, and; flourishing external partnerships.
Chris joined Leeds Beckett in 2007 as Associate Dean with portfolio for Faculty wide development of Research and Enterprise. His tenure saw the Faculty deliver the highest research income in the University (measured either by total £ value or £ per academic FTE), establish a successful research sabbatical programme and secure numerous collaborative funded partnerships with local organisations.
Prior to this Chris spent 2000-2007 in higher education as a consultant researcher working primarily around the themes of active lifestyles, health and wellbeing. Clients such as government departments, local authorities and the NHS benefited from the provision of applied research, bespoke evaluation and policy development work.
Chris has held posts in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors, his multi sector working experience means he is both socially and commercially minded. He has experience as a development worker campaigning for and delivering active recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. Direct social care service experience was gained in client orientated development work with young adults with learning disabilities. This experience taught Chris about the positive life-affirming impact one's work can have on individuals, their families and communities.
Chris latterly spent several years as Chief Executive of a charity, pursuing funding and managing governance to ensure organisational sustainability.
Chris delivers modules on leadership, management and enterprise across a range of courses.
Chris is keen to pursue collaborative work with partners such as student employability placements, staff research projects, joint funded posts or other mutually beneficial work. He also leads the School's global engagement portfolio of collaborative activity so welcomes enquiries for international staff and student mobility partnerships with other Universities.