Jonathon Baker is Chief Executive of Sally Walker Language Services, a translation business servicing the Professional sector. He spent many years in the City of London, moving home having sold his reinsurance broking business in 1991. He is Trustee of the Park at Knowle West and founder of the Upton Noble Beer Festival, set up to benefit the local community. He is Treasurer of St Mary Magdalene of Upton Noble.
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.