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Chris Norris is a Senior Programme Manager in our Innovation Programmes team, working on Rethinking Parks and Government Innovation.

Chris works part time in the Innovation Programmes team, mainly on the Rethinking Parks programme. He previously worked on the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund and manages a small number of longer term relationships from that programme.

Before joining Nesta in September 2013, Chris was a project manager at Lambeth Council working in economic development. In this role he worked on the successful regeneration of Brixton Village market and managed a support programme for local social enterprises. Chris started his career in local government as a participant in the sector’s National Graduate Development Programme, working at Reading Borough Council in a range of service areas including education, neighbourhood regeneration and adult social care.

Chris holds a BA (Hons) in Industrial Economics and an MA in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham, and a postgraduate diploma in Local Government Management from Warwick University.

Outside of work, he is active in local politics and is a trustee of the Friends of Ruskin Park. Chris is also a volunteer, fundraiser and 'patient voice' for Beating Bowel Cancer and other cancer charities.