Chris Cuthbert is Global Director of Research at the Lumos Foundation, an international NGO founded by JK Rowling to promote the right of all children to family life. Chris leads the Lumos Evidence Unit, capturing new data and research about the scale, costs and consequences of child institutionalisation – harnessing evidence to influence policy and practice globally.
Before joining Lumos, Chris was Director of Learning and Development for A Better Start, a £215m place-based programme to improve Early Childhood Development in deprived areas of the UK. Previously, he was Head of Strategy and Development at the NSPCC, the UK’s largest child protection charity where he led a national programme of policy, research and award-winning service innovations to improve ECD outcomes. Chris joined the NSPCC from the Cabinet Office where he was Deputy Director of the government’s Social Exclusion Task Force. In this role, Chris led a portfolio of reviews on social justice issues, including ‘Think Family’ a major cross-Whitehall review on families at risk. During his time in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, he co-authored the government’s Social Exclusion Action Plan and was responsible for introducing flagship evidence-based interventions to the UK, including the Family Nurse Partnership. Chris worked in several UK Civil Service Departments, including the Department of Education, the Children & Young People’s Unit and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Chris worked in the private sector specialising in social and advertising research, including work on major public health communications campaigns.
Chris is a graduate of the London School of Economics & King’s College London and has an MSc in Social Epidemiology from University College London. He is a Trustee of social innovation organisation Spring Impact.