Chris came to academia in midlife after spending his 20s and early 30s as an entrepreneur. Studying part-time while raising a family and working as a visiting lecturer, he gained an MBA from London Business School, an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Management, focused on business model innovation, also from the LSE. He then joined the UCL School of Management and eventually became director of the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship. At UCL, he also won five teaching awards in six years.
In 2016, Chris joined the faculty at Cambridge Judge Business School, where he founded the University’s first Master's degree in Entrepreneurship. He stepped down from the directorship of the degree in 2019 to focus on climate change-related innovation, which efforts are partly channelled through Carbon13, the venture builder for the climate emergency, which he founded and where he serves as CEO. His ongoing teaching in the Judge centres on entrepreneurship, particularly “net zero entrepreneurship”, and strategic management.