Dr Chris Stock, head of communications and strategy

Chris heads Southampton's clinical research communications and strategy working to engage public, clinical, industry and policy audiences with our work regionally and nationally.

Email: Christopher.stock@uhs.nhs.uk

 Tel: 07795 506 319

Making things clearer

Chris helps Southampton's research teams to engage effectively and clearly, supporting the growth, conduct and use of our research in advancing health and healthcare.

At base our people are driving better health and healthcare through excellent research, a simple and brilliant thing. In practice a complex web of activities organisations, regulations, people and funding is involved. Chris works to cut through this complexity to help get things done.

Strategy and linking

Working at the heart of our university-hospital partnership,Chris facilitates links and supports our leadership in developing and explaining their strategy for research.

With our university and hospital communications and media teams, he aims to ensure effective support and coverage for clinical research teams, whilst helping support partnership and partner-specific aims.


Chris joined Southampton in 2012 from the Wellcome Trust, where he headed national public engagement support and development for Wellcome's UK research centres and researchers.

During his time with Wellcome he developed a public engagement strategy for the Crick Institute, and was seconded to manage communications and public engagement for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Chris originally trained as a neuroscientist, gaining his doctorate in Nancy Rothwell's laboratory, working on the effects of inflammation on movement recovery after stroke. This built on a MSc in biological research at Oxford and a BSc in biotechnology at Cardiff.