In 2007 Charly graduated from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, with a 2:1 in Law with Mandarin. During her time at Cambridge she was President of the Ospreys Committee, St Catharine’s May Ball President, and Captain of the Varsity Women’s Cricket team. She received three Half Blues, and a Full Blue, both skiing and playing cricket for the University. On Graduation, Charly was awarded a Varsity Trust Scholarship to fund her Masters Degree.
In 2008 she received a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, from the University of Westminster. During her Masters course, Charly made documentaries in Soweto about homegrown South African AIDS & HIV initiatives, and in the Philippines about Freedom of Speech and the murders of Filipino journalists. She volunteered at several Hospital Radio Stations during her Masters degree, and was a child presenter on Kiddz FM from the age of 14.
While studying for her Masters in 2007, Charly set up the YouTube Channel ‘Challenge Charly‘, where she filmed herself completing extreme sports and endurance challenges around the world. She jumped out of airplanes, did bungee jumps, climbed mountains and ran Marathons, all with a camera in her hand.
In 2007, the magazine Cosmopolitan awarded Charly an Ultimate Woman of The Year Award.
After her Masters, Charly spent three years travelling the world alone and writing fiction novels. Charly spent several months living in Honduras, training up as a Dive Master, and also gained Ski and Snowboard Instructor qualifications whilst living in Whistler, Canada. During the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Charly was the Olympic correspondent for active.com, and wrote an op-ed piece about the Paralympics which appeared in the New York Times.
In January 2015, for reasons detailed below, Charly was head-hunted by Time Out media group as their Global Head of Dating.
30 Dates Blog
On returning to live in England, Charly began a career in Banking. It was whilst working for Lloyds Banking Group that Charly encountered the now infamous Henley Boy, and began her self-imposed challenge to go on 30 Blind Dates before her 30th Birthday. The blog 30 Dates was born, and it quickly grew into one of London’s most well-loved dating blogs.
Dating Industry Expertise
In November 2013, Charly was head-hunted by the Guardian to consult for their Dating Website Soulmates. In April 2014, she was promoted to Guardian Soulmates Editor. The same month, she was asked to blog for The Huffington Post. In June 2014, Charly left her Banking career to pursue writing and speaking about Dating full time. She launched the UK Dating Awards in May 2014, an annual national industry Awards ceremony. In October 2014 Charly was asked by the Guardian to take part in their Masterclasses teaching program. In November 2014 she was head-hunted by Time Out, and began work as their Global Head of Dating in January 2015. In 2016, Charly expanded The Dating Awards to both the European mainland and America. In 2017 the Awards will also head to Australia and New Zealand.
Charly’s writing and dating advice has appeared in the Independent, Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, The Times, The Daily Express, Marie Claire, and on Channel 5, BBC Radio 4, and Heart FM. She has become a regular guest on Woman’s Hour, appeared on The Long View, The World Tonight and the Today Programme as a guest expert, and she filmed an episode of BBC Newsnight discussing the cultural impact of the dating app Tinder. In 2015, Charly was an expert advisor to Lord Sugar in the Final of the BBC flag-ship TV Show ‘The Apprentice’.
Charly now works as a consultant in the dating industry, working for established brands, and start-ups, on innovation, market knowledge, product design, marketing and PR. Previous and current clients include Venntro, eHarmony, Guardian Soulmates, Time Out, Global Radio, Bristlr, HerSmile, The Inner Circle, i2i Dating, Datatonomy, Badoo and Lovoo. Charly currently writes a weekly dating column for Collectively.org, and regular Dating Hacks for eHarmony.
Charly is currently writing a book about Tinder and the app’s impact on the dating industry – she has spent much of 2016 interviewing the CEOs of all the major dating sites and apps in the UK and the US.