Chris Tanner

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 Chris Tanner



Chris has worked as a senior manager and company director in both public and private sector organisations.Following an early career in engineering, he gained postgraduate qualifications in special education, psychoanalytic studies ( MA), and organisational consultancy (PGDip). Chris has devised and run a range of consultancy, leadership development and staff facilitation interventions with organisations in the human service sector and beyond. In addition to his role at the University of Essex, Chris also holds the following posts:- Cohort Director , the NHS Leadership Academy- Andersen programme; Leadership Associate ( Health Education KSS ; Kings Fund; Children England); Specialist Member- Ministry of Justice Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Creating effective learning environments

Open to supervise

Psychoanalytic perspectives on organisational dynamics

Open to supervise

Executive coaching and consultancy practice in organisations

Open to supervise

Leadership development-psychodynamic perspectives

Open to supervise

Compassionate care in health and social care

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Consulting to Organisations: Depth Psychology Approaches (BE872)

  • Personal and Professional Development 3 (HS784)

  • Work-based Learning 1 (PA120)

  • Organisational Dynamics (PA211)

  • Advanced Work-Based Learning (PA214)

  • Work-based Learning 2 (PA220)

  • Advanced Psychodynamic Observation and Reflective Practice (PA224)

  • Organisational Dynamics - Theory (PA229)

  • Experiencing Organisations: Reflexivity and Analysis (PA910)

  • Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations (PA927)

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (PA981)

  • Research Skills and Methods in Depth Psychology (PA915)

  • Dissertation: Gender and Sexuality Studies (PA994)

Grants and funding


Independent Evaluation of the MHLECA Friends and Neighbours Scheme

The My Home Life Essex Community Association


Independent Evaluation of the MHLECA Community Visitor's Pilot Scheme

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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