Programme Manager

Chris Norris


Innovation Programmes

Join Date

September 2013

What I do

Chris Norris is a Programme Manager in the Innovation Lab working on social action and citizen engagement in public services.


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.
The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund launched last year with a mission to help grow innovations that mobilise people to help each other, working alongside public services. In total we received and reviewed nearly 1,300 expressions of interest, including more than 400 for our priority on helping people into work which closed on 31st March. Here are some of my thoughts on what we learnt from reading about hundreds of the best ideas in this field.
Chris Norris
Monday, 14 July 2014
Having made the case for more widespread innovation in jobs, our challenge now is to find and back the best innovations in this field. One thing that many successful approaches have in common is the powerful role of social action in helping people into work.
Chris Norris
Tuesday, 19 November 2013