Christian Cooper JP  MSc  PGDipLaw  SIRM

Christian has extensive strategic management experience in the NHS, holding dual qualifications in clinical and legal practice.  As NARU’s Head of Operations he is responsible for maintaining the effectiveness of several specialist capabilities throughout England.  His portfolio includes standards, operations, planning and improvement.

Before joining the NHS he worked as News Editor for the Guardian Media Group.  He subsequently became a Broadcast Producer with placements in South Africa, New York and Los Angeles.  Christian joined the NHS in 1999 and spent 10 years delivering emergency care as an Ambulance Paramedic in Bristol becoming First Response Manager and then Divisional Commander.

He went on to develop his NHS management and commissioning experience working as Resilience Manager for the South West Strategic Health Authority.  He has successfully delivered a range a capital projects including a £5 million construction and the implementation of new NHS service lines, including the introduction of Hazardous Area Response Teams for which he received a Commendation.  He has managed NHS resources during a number of major incidents and in 2015 he was seconded by NHS England to support the Cross-Government Ebola Programme.

Christian is a national subject matter expert on emergency preparedness and ambulance operations.  He was recently instructed to act as national ambulance expert to the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry.   He has also undertaken extensive research into the legal duty of care for emergency responders and lectures on several national courses for the emergency services.

He lives in the Cotswolds with this wife and their two sons.  Christian also serves his local community as a Magistrate sitting on the Wiltshire Bench.