Current Members

Giles Clarke CBE

Giles Clarke is Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, the governing body for cricket, and a Director of the International Cricket Council, the world governing body. He was previously Chairman of Somerset CCC.

His private business interests include Westleigh Investments, WCBS Limited, CCI International, ATL Telecom Limited, Boston Tea Party Ltd, Fosters Event Catering Ltd, All Mass Cladding Ltd, Amerisur Resources plc and Pure Wafer plc. He is a former President of The Dolphin and Canynges Societies, and his family has been active in Bristol for several centuries.

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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.