Cullum McAlpine has spent his career in the family construction business of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd.
In 1976 he became a member of the National Contractors Group of the Building Employers Confederation, which he chaired in 1989, before becoming the NCG representative on the Building & Civil Engineering Industry Joint Board.
From 1997-2003 Cullum chaired the Employment Affairs Committee of the newly created Construction Confederation. In 2003 he was President of the Grateful Society, a historical Bristol Charity, and in the same year he was invited to join the Board of MITIE Group plc, the Bristol based FTSE 250 provider of outsourcing and energy services. At MITIE he chaired the Audit Committee until stepping down in 2008. Cullum was a member of the CBI Construction Council until last year.
In addition, he was a founder member of The Exploratory in the Engine Shed at Temple Meads Station, prior to its permanent move to At-Bristol, and he is a Freeman of the Cities of Bristol and London.
Cullum is Master 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.