The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) has appointed Chis Small to the role of Head of Communications and Engagement. CCPS represents more than 90 not-for-profit social care and support providers who deliver vital services to over 220,000 people and their families across Scotland.
Chris joins CCPS from the national charity, Children in Scotland, where he spent seven years as Communications and Marketing Manager. While with Children in Scotland, Chris led on the organisation’s identity review, rebranding project, and the successful 25 Calls campaign, as well as driving communication around the organisation’s policy priorities.
Chris began his career as a production journalist at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, before taking on the role of Communications Manager for the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. He also held roles with the University of Edinburgh and the Times Educational Supplement Scotland as well as being web editor at the Scottish Parliament.
In his new role with CCPS Chris will support the Chief Executive and CCPS membership on priority areas including the National Care Service and the cost-of-living crisis. He will also manage a team responsible for engagement with the Scottish Parliament and CCPS Public Affairs as well as membership communication and events. This will include collaborating with communications leads across CCPS’s member network to support shared goals on social care reform.
Chris said: “This is an incredibly important time for Scotland’s social care sector, and I am committed to doing all that I can to promote and safeguard the interests of our members who are responsible for such important work. In my new role I will be working with the team at CCPS to enhance and increase our engagement, visibility and collaboration. We have a great team and I am relishing the opportunity of working with them to support our membership in the crucial months ahead.”
Welcoming Chris’s appointment, Rachel Cackett, Chief Executive at CCPS said: “Chris is a highly experienced communications professional, and I am looking forward to working with him on key areas that are critical to Scotland’s social care sector including Fair Work, the reform agenda and the NCS. We have developed a new model for social care in Scotland and with Chris’s help we will ensure that our partners, stakeholders and others can share our vision for a vibrant and sustainable social care sector in the future.”
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