Chris Bradley


Offices: United Kingdom

Chris Bradley joined Technopolis in March 2022 following a period of freelance and volunteer work and a career at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO, now FCDO). She has extensive experience at the interface of science and government policy, working on global and economic issues policy and projects with Whitehall and external stakeholders for over seventeen years.

Between 2015-2019 Chris was regional director for HMG’s Science & Innovation Network in Europe (SINE), heading a team of 30+ officers delivering policy, research and high tech business benefits for the UK through partnership with European stakeholders. Thematic network priorities included global health, clean energy, and higher education.

From 2009-2014 Chris established and ran the first Chief Scientific Adviser’s (CSA’s) Office in the FCO, with the aims of increasing evidence-based policy making and harnessing the potential of science diplomacy. She led workstreams to integrate and resource scientific advice and evidence in foreign policy, while representing FCO interests in Whitehall science activities, and supporting the first two senior scientists to hold the FCO CSA position.

Earlier roles included leading global and economic issues and foresight / futures thinking in the FCO Policy Planning Staff (an internal strategy unit); delivering strategy and engagement on climate and energy, biodiversity and wider sustainable development; and, a posting to Turkey where Chris covered domestic politics, human rights, and science engagement on health issues (e.g. avian flu). Her broader FCO and Whitehall corporate experience has included shaping departmental Spending Review bids around global and economic issues; contributing to high level departmental reviews of policy, strategy and resourcing; and scoping, establishing or expanding new units and networks.

Chris has training and practical experience in programme and project management across several roles, as well as business planning, and policy risk analysis. She holds postgraduate research methods and science qualifications from the Open University, and a BSc in natural sciences from the University of Durham. Chris speaks German, along with some French and Turkish.

Recent and current assignments include:

  • External Evaluation (EE) of the Science Granting Council Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI). (2022). Core Team member
  • Evaluation of the Fund for International Collaboration, UKRI. (2020-) Core Team member
  • Evaluation of the Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) programme for the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. (2022). Core Team member
  • RAEng Africa Catalyst for the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. (2022). Core Team member