Chris Murray

Chair of Fusion21 Ltd

Director, Core Cities

A member of the Egan Task Force on Skills, during 2005 Chris was seconded to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to establish the Academy for Sustainable Communities, a national regeneration skills agency based in Leeds.  In 2002 he was appointed as a Director of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.  Before this Chris worked in local government for 10 years, establishing the UK’s first local authority cultural planning unit in Milton Keynes, responsible for economic, cultural and some urban development in the new town and outlying rural areas. He has worked in education, community work and as a psychiatric social worker.  Chris holds qualifications in art and design, teaching, business and marketing and European cultural planning.

Outside of Core Cities, Chris is also Chair of leading social enterprise company Fusion21, an intelligent procurement organisation that recycles profits into training unemployed people and helping them into work.

He writes and presents extensively on a number of subjects connected with his work and broad interests, and has published one book and contributed to a number of others.  He was Lead Advisor to the Arts Council of England on regeneration and sustainable communities, ran a working group for the Department of Culture Media and Sport on the future of the Creative Economy, and was for several years a Trustee of a public arts charity.

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