Chris obtained his BA in Business and Law from the University of Wales, Newport in 2012. Following this he went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (with a mental health specialism) in 2014 with the University of South Wales.
Externally Chris is an active trainer of mental wellbeing interventions and has qualified in a number of internationally recognised models including:
- ASIST 11.1 Suicide Intervention Skills, accredited with Living Works International.
- Mental Health First Aid , accredited with Public Health Wales
- Student Assistance Programme (SAP) Facilitator, SAP International
Chris is the Project Coordinator at USW Exchange. Following a successful career within student support helping students with key issues including mental health and a specific learning difficulties, Chris sees Exchange as yet another way to engage with the student body and add value to the student experience. His passion lies with communicating and engaging with both students and companies helping to bridge the gap between academia and the possibilities that exist for all of our students at USW.
Chris has worked within the University of South Wales since 2009 in a variety of student facing and support roles. Working originally in Student Services Chris supported students with a range of disabilities and mental wellbeing needs to overcome any barriers to education their conditions may have presented. Subsequently Chris managed the one-to-one Wellbeing Mentoring team, before moving on to become Senior Disability Support Coordinator.
In 2016 Chris moved over to the Faculty of Business & Society at the inception of USW Exchange, and has helped to successfully shape & launch the innovative new business hub within the university.
Chris continues to be an advocate for diversity and mental wellbeing – working externally as a training consultant and coach with Let’s Talk Wellbeing. His experience has also seen him work alongside leading third sector organisations such as Mind Cymru, BulliesOut, Nightline Association and most recently Home-Start.
Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM)
National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP)
Externally Chris is still actively involved in the field of mental health and wellbeing delivering coaching, training and consultancy around areas of mental wellbeing and suicide (www.letstalkwellbeing.com).
Chris has provided consultancy support to the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education working group, based out of Tavistock Square in London whilst appointed National Representative for Nightline Association (voluntary). He also currently serves as Chair to the Board of Trustees at Home-Start RCT.
If you are a journalist on deadline and you need to speak with a member of university staff with particular expertise, please contact the Press Office.