Current Members

John Watson

A chartered accountant by profession, John Watson has been a director of Gardiner (Holdings) Ltd since 1989. He is currently Chairman of Bristol Lawn Tennis Club and was previously a director of @Bristol Ltd. John represents the Society of Merchant Venturers within Merchants’ Academy Trust where he is a governor, also holding the position Chair of the Finance Committee.

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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. She is advised as necessary by the Clerk, who is a lawyer.