Current Members

Chris Booy OBE

Chris Booy was Group Chairman of Symonds Group which was sold to Capita in 2004. He is now non-executive Chairman at Capita Symonds. Chris’ community and charitable interests include the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, the S.S. Great Britain Trust and Bristol Rugby Club. He represents the South West as one of six Chairs of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Regional Legacy Group. Chris is also a member of the Downs Committee and a governor at the University West of England.

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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.