Chris Marsden has been keenly involved in Business and Human Rights since he became Chair of the Business Group of Amnesty UK in 2001. He is currently chairing a Steering Group exploring the need for an international Institute for Business and Human Rights. He is also Chair of Trustees of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and member of the Global Compact Working Group on Business and Human Rights, chaired by Mary Robinson.
As a reflective practitioner in the role of Business in Society, Chris Marsden also teaches MBA courses on Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics. He is visiting professor at the International Management School of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and currently teaches week long courses in Paris, Abu Dhabi and, shortly, Leuven. He is Associate Fellow of the Daughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University, where he is designing new teaching programmes and assisting the Centre's development. He will be teaching on the Cranfield MBA programme in July 2008. He is also a board member of the European Academy of Business in Society, which he was partly responsible for founding.
Now in active 'semi-retirement', Chris Marsden previously had two careers. Having gained an Economics degree at King's College, Cambridge, he worked as a schoolteacher from 1968 to 1980, becoming deputy head of Beaumont School St Albans 1977 - 1980. He then joined British Petroleum as their Educational Liaison manager before taking on an international brief as Head of BP's Community Affairs from 1990 to 1996. He was awarded the OBE in 1989 for services to Industry and Education.