Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Skoll Cente for Social Entrepreneurship
Saïd Business School
Park End Street
Charmian believes in the power of business as a force for good and has first-hand experience in what it is like to be an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur and a systempreneur.
Charmian is the Co-Founder and Chair of B Lab UK, where she supports the growth of B Corps across the UK (and beyond) and is Co-Chair of B Lab’s Global Climate Taskforce where she is a member of the UNFCCC’s Marrakesh Partnership.
Charmian is committed to helping accelerate the transition to a more regenerative, circular and inclusive economy. In her role as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Charmian is guiding the development of the Circular Economy Lab and designed and teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses on this subject. She is also a Track Leader and Tutor in the ‘Rethinking Growth’ track of the GOTO programme on system leadership. Charmian has also been involved in the shaping the adoption of the circular economy in London through her role on the Investment Committee of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).
In addition to her work on the Regenerative and Circular Economy at Oxford, Charmian also teaches an Executive MBA course on Systempreneurship: Innovating for Impact. Linked to this focus on system change, Charmian is actively engaged in how we might mobilise a 'Movement of Movements' – connecting people and organisations who share a goal relating to the need for deep and transformational levels of change in our economy.
Charmian is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council at the ICAEW (because she truly believes that accountants will save the world and is a member of the ‘Regenerative Capitalism’ working group at the Institute of Directors (IoD). She also served as a trustee to the Future Fit Foundation and was on the UK board of the B Team until 2019.
Charmian’s journey as an entrepreneur began with the creation of Volans, a change agency, co-founded in 2008 with John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan (and the second UK company to certify as a B Corp) where her clients included senior leadership teams from Nike, HP and Allianz. Prior to starting her adventure with the Volans team, Charmian was a consultant at BCG and Chair of the Flavelle Foundation.
A proud Canadian, Charmian received her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a degree in Art History from Queen’s University. She lives in Southwest London with her soulmate and her two wonderful rugby-loving boys. In her spare time, Charmian enjoys hosting ‘Hartigan Dinners’ and participating in open water swimming challenges.