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 has recently joined as Co-Chair of B Lab’s Global Climate Taskforce.
Charmian is deeply engaged in helping accelerate the transition to a more regenerative, circular and inclusive economy. In her role as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, Charmian is guiding the development of the Circular Economy Lab and designed and teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses on this subject. Charmian is also involved in the shaping the adoption of the circular economy in London and sits on the Investment Committee of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).
In addition to her work on the circular economy, 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 systemic levels of change in our economy.
Charmian is also a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council at the ICAEW (because she truly believes that accountants will save the world).
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.