Chris Harrop

Chris Harrop is Group Marketing Director and Director of Sustainability at Marshalls plc. An accomplished marketer with a proven global track record, Chris’ persistent contribution has ensured that Marshalls not only leads the hard landscaping sector but is also a world-class sustainable business.  He drives the organisation to leverage its United Nations Global Compact signatory status for competitive advantage by working to uphold the principles of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.  Under Chris’ guidance the business has won numerous awards for commitment to the environment and supply chain ethics, including BITC, Business in the Community Awards for Excellence and the PLC Awards


Chris was Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact UK Network from January 2013 to December 2016 and remains a Director.  Chris has also been a Non-Executive Director at the Ethical Trade Initiative since January 2011.  In addition, in June 2017 Chris became Chairman of Made in Britain.  Chris was rated 5th in Ethical Corporation’s Heroes of Sustainability in 2007 and named a ‘Business Game Changer’ by BITC in 2012.  His qualifications include BA Hons Business Studies, an MBA and several professional qualifications.  He is also a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


The strategic combination of experience allows Chris to fully understand the dynamic complexities of ethical trade, supply chains and international commerce.  Its potent combination affords him great insights which he is then able to recognise and activate in practical terms within his own organisation; he doesn’t just say it he does it.