profile_8Sept13_2The best way to get to know me professionally is via LinkedIn – view my profile here. I’m Digital Communications Manager at Mind, a fantastic mental health charity. I also spent four years at Rethink Mental Illness, another great mental health charity, and managed Time to Change‘s digital comms during its first phase of work – so there has been quite a lot of mental health in my working life! (I have worked in other causes, honest, but mental health is a great area to work in and I highly recommend it).

I’m responsible for developing, planning, and executing the digital strategy at Mind. I love using digital media to help change people’s lives. It’s not totally selfless – the challenge of grabbing someone’s attention, and persuading them to do something good by supporting us, is compelling and rewarding. And it’s not just about supporter engagement and retention – we deliver help directly to beneficiaries by providing information, advice and peer-to-peer support.

And here are some very lovely words from my former manager Lily Caprani – Director of Communications, Campaigns and Policy at The Children’s Society:

“Chris is […] a talented and highly knowledgable Digital specialist, but his skills reach far beyond this technical and functional specialism. He brings together passion and enthusiasm for creative projects with a solid, structured project-management approach.

As Head of Communications I would comfortably ask Chris to deputise for me at senior meetings, confident as I was in his ability to think broadly and strategically about the wider comms mix.

Chris is a great pleasure to work with. He is creative, enthusiastic, highly able, and a great asset to a communications team. Chris is the kind of person you should have on board if you want to be an ambitious, creative, ‘digital first’ organisation”

And now here’s a few things that are less serious…

Likes

Dislikes

  • Rogue apostrophe’s
  • Question marks on things that aren’t actually questions, if you know what I mean?
  • Lack of empathy
  • Wasps
  • Long lists