Current Members

Andrew Garrad CBE

Andrew Garrad’s professional interests lie in renewable energy. He was the co-founder and Managing Director of the Garrad Hassan Group which he sold to Germanischer Lloyd in 2009. He has now retired.

He is a past President of the European Wind Energy Association and past Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association. His community interests include the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Cabot Institute of Bristol University. He is a keen supporter of the Bristol Old Vic, St George’s Brandon Hill and the Ideas Partnership in Kosovo. He was Chair of Bristol European Green Capital 2015.


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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.