Current Members

Chris Pople

Chris Pople’s commercial interests lie in running a private investment office which deals primarily in overseas financial markets. Community interests have involved Council membership of both The Redmaids’ School and Bristol Zoo. His current interests include Chair of Finance at Clifton College, membership of The Guild of Guardians and assisting Bristol Grammar School.

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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.