Charmian Love

Charmian Love is Co-Founder and Director of Volans.  She specialises in designing ‘breakthrough’ innovation strategies by brokering cross-sectoral partnerships between business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and policy-makers.

She has worked with global companies including Allianz, Bayer, HP and Nike.  In addition to client management, Charmian is involved in Volans’ agenda-setting projects, including the Breakthrough Capitalism program.  Her recent report is Investing in Breakthrough: Corporate Venture Capital which makes a case for collaboration between corporate venture capital and impact investment.  

Charmian is a regular speaker at international events focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability and has written for Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Stanford Social Innovation Review.  She is a member of the Editorial Panel at Pioneers Post and was profiled as a ‘system changer’ on

In the UK, Charmian is a trustee of Shared Impact and the 3D Investment Foundation and is a mentor for ventures participating in the Bethnal Green Ventures social incubator.  She is on the UK Corporate Forms working Group for the G7 Social Impact Investment Taskforce.

Outside the UK, Charmian is on the board of the United Way Centraide Canada and is the Global Ambassador for CityWorks in Toronto.  She is past Chair of The Flavelle Foundation.

Prior to joining Volans, Charmian was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She graduated with an Honours degree in Art History from Queen’ University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Charmian lives in London with her husband, Sam Gray, and her two sons Toby and Peter.