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Chris Messenger

Chris Messenger

Senior Development Officer, SDF Learning Centre

Chris leads the work of Scottish Drugs Forum’s SQA approved Learning Centre and is responsible for developing and delivering flexible work-based qualifications for the drug and alcohol sector.

Returning to SDF in January 2021, Chris previously held a senior management post for a third sector agency where he worked on employability, learning disability support services, social enterprise, and emergency Covid-19 response work in local communities affected by food poverty and social isolation.

Between 2010 and 2019, Chris worked in various roles for SDF’s award-winning Addiction Worker Training Programme and played a key part in the project’s expansion from Glasgow to a national profile.

Before joining SDF the first time around, Chris worked in criminal justice and homeless projects in Glasgow and on the South Coast, where he secured a Professional Diploma in Substance Use Intervention Strategies from Brighton University.

Chris is a qualified SVQ Assessor and read History, obtaining an honours degree at Oxford Brookes.  He holds an SVQ Level 4 in Management, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Drug and Alcohol Services) from Glasgow University.