Christopher’s work focuses on leadership and change in complex systems with a particular interest in applying and adapting insights from narrative, framing, movement building and adaptive leadership. Working in the UK, US and Europe he leads a number of senior executive and graduate development programmes and post-graduate teaching/Exec Ed as well as consulting widely.
He is a long-time collaborator with Professor Marshall Ganz and in 2016 and 2020 was a member of Professor Ron Heifetz’s adaptive leadership teaching team at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Christopher has wide experience directing, designing and leading systems leadership programmes across the public sector including: Senior Civil Service Programme (Civil Service Leadership Academy) Leadership for Change (Systems Leadership Steering Group), Skills for Systems Leadership (PHE), Future Vision (Leadership Centre), C21st Aspiring Directors Programme (University of Birmingham), National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government (University of Birmingham).
Christopher has been a Senior Fellow at the Leadership Centre and a Senior Associate at the Kings Fund. In 2017-18 he was Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and he received the Lucius N. Littauer Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2010.
Prior to joining the Birmingham Leadership Institute, Christopher was Co-Director of Leading Communities. His background includes senior roles in local government, including as a Corporate Director at the Local Government Association and Assistant Chief Executive at Hampshire County Council, and in anti-poverty, democracy and human rights NGOs.