Meet The


October 10, 2019


Inquiry Lead, Volans

Richard Roberts leads much of Volans’ analysis and ideation. His role involves leading on the New Carbon Economy inquiry, and contributing to Volans’ thought leadership on the future of capitalism – developing new ideas, researching, interviewing, authoring white papers and reports – as well as advising business leaders on how to set up for future success.

He writes on a broad range of topics to do with the future of business, climate change and capitalism. He has been published by Fast Company, The European Business Review and Guardian Sustainable Business.

Following a short stint in political journalism, Richard spent four years at Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise that specialises in experiential learning and business transformation. He has a BA in history from Durham University and a Masters in US history from Oxford, where he specialised in the evolution of progressive political philosophy between 1880 and 1920 – a period when, like today, the future of capitalism hung in the balance and a new social contract between business, society and government was called for.

Outside of work, Richard’s interests include reading, writing, travel, cricket (mostly watching rather than playing these days) and opera (ditto).

About The


By conducting inquiries into our planet’s most wicked problems, Volans helps business drive positive change at an unprecedented pace and scale.

They bring together diverse organisations to propel conversations, collaboration and action.

Consent Management Platform by Real Cookie Banner