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 co-founded Volans, a change agency, in 2008 with John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan. Volans was the second UK company to certify as a B Corp – and in 2015 she went on to start B Lab UK with fellow entrepreneur, James Perry, where she continues to support the growth of the global B Corp movement. In addition to her role as Chair of B Lab UK, Charmian also sits the board of B Team UK, is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council at the ICAEW (because she also believes that accountants will save the world) and recently joined LWARB’s Investment Committee.
In her new role as Entrepreneur in Residence and Special Advisor to the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Charmian is focused on creating spaces for students interested in using new tools and business models to solve the world’s most complex challenges. She is also guiding the development of the newly launched Circular Economy Lab and will be teaching an MBA class on this subject this spring.
Over her career, Charmian has been a Special Advisor for many leading organisations including Grant Thornton and Bridges Ventures and has had the pleasure of working with leadership teams from corporations including Nike, Allianz and HP as they’ve developed new social innovation, partnership and investment strategies.
Co-Founder of Volans and Co-Chair of B Lab UK