Chris Smith




Christopher joined GGI in October 2013 and is a Consultant at the company, leading the Business Development Team and the Board development service line.

Over his eight years with GGI, Chris has worked on many of the organisation’s most sensitive and high-profile assignments including a number of whistleblowing investigations and a national programme of work conducted with NHS England to improve good governance in CCGs. More recently, Chris has played a key role in GGI’s governance improvement work at King’s College Hospitals, the University of Bristol and Tendable.

Chris is the author of several publications including recent research on the history of the Nolan Principles published in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs, and also GGI guidance on risk management and quality assurance within the NHS. He also currently coordinates GGI’s NHS Chairs Networks in the Midlands and North West of England.

Chris completed his first postgraduate degree in Applied Human Rights at the University of York in 2013, and has recently completed a second masters in Health Policy at Imperial College London where his research focused on the propensity of smartphone apps to support the self-management of type 2 diabetes in adults.

In his spare time, Chris can be found reading, watching any sport, though particularly rugby, and spending time with friends and family.


MSc Health Policy, Imperial College London: September 2018 – November 2020

MA Applied Human Rights, University of York: October 2012 – September 2013

BA (Hons) History, University of York: October 2008 – July 2011