Director of Policy
Chris oversees the Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange directorate. In doing so, he is responsible for harnessing HEFCE’s expertise on research, education and knowledge exchange to inform its funding to universities and colleges, and its advice to Government. Chris particularly leads on education and skills, including postgraduate policy and funding.
Before becoming Director in 2014, Chris served for five years as Associate Director, leading HEFCE’s relationships with universities and colleges in the North of England, and for two years as Regional Consultant for the East of England.
Chris joined HEFCE from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, where as Head of Research Programmes he was closely involved in its transition to full Research Council status in 2005.
Chris began his career in the Graduate School at the University of Warwick, then moved to work on international relations at the University of Edinburgh, and on research strategy and funding at the University of Durham.