Current Members

John Laycock

John Laycock’s professional interests include Jongor Ltd, Precision Vending Machines Ltd, Say Pasta Ltd and Swiftpass Digital Ltd. He is also a former Chairman of Bristol City Football Club and Brandon Hire plc. He is the main sponsor and Chairman of the Governors of City Academy Bristol and a Trustee of St. Monica Trust. John is a Director and shareholder of Bristol Rugby Club and a shareholder of Bristol City Football Club. He is also a Governor of Colston’s Girls’ 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.