Charles qualified with Price Waterhouse Coopers Bristol in 1971. He moved to Clares Wells as management accountant and started his own business in 1978. He is Owner and Director of Monsoon Marketing Ltd and Tamworth Industrial Fabrics Ltd. From 1990 – 2007 he was also Director of Belmont Care Ltd the holding company for three nursing homes. He is the Chairman of the Cote Charity.
Charles is Senior Warden of the Society of Merchant Venturers.
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. She is advised as necessary by the Clerk, who is a lawyer.