Skoll Cente for Social Entrepreneurship
Saïd Business School
Park End Street
Charmian believes in the power of business as a force for good. Over the course of her career, she has experienced first-hand 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). She is also a Trustee of The B Team in the UK and a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council at the ICAEW (because she also believes that accountants will save the world).
Charmian is deeply in engaged in supporting a transition towards a circular economy. In her role as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Charmian is guiding the development of the newly launched Circular Economy Lab and teaches an MBA and Executive MBA course on this subject. In the spirit of engaging more deeply on circular economy themes, Charmian sits on the Investment Committee of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).
In addition to her work on the circular economy, Charmian is also 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’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, Allianz and many others. Prior to starting her adventure with the Volans, Charmian was a consultant at BCG.
A proud Canadian, Charmian received her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a degree in Art History from Queen’s University.