Current Members

Andrew Brownsword CBE

Andrew Brownsword is best known for his greeting card Publishing and for creating the spectacularly successful Forever Friends brand. He now chairs Brownsword Hotels, Paxton & Whitfield, Queensquare Farming and two family Charitable Foundations. His community and charitable interests include The Holburne Museum, Mission Theatre, RUH and Bath Abbey. He has served on the Council of Bath University and was a member of the Prince’s Trust Business Board.

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Membership is by invitation to men and women who are prominent in the business and commercial life of the greater Bristol area, and who are prepared to give their time and skills in support of the Merchant Venturers’ objectives.

All the members meet together four times a year at what is known as Quarterly Hall, and again on Charter Day in November.

The Merchant Venturers are governed by the Master and two Wardens. They head a 15-strong Standing Committee of members who are elected annually on Charter Day, 10th November.

Day-to-day administration is carried out by the Treasurer, who is effectively the chief executive. He is advised as necessary by the Clerk, who is a lawyer.