Current Members

Karen Morgan OBE DL DEd

A graduate of Edinburgh University, BSc (Hons 1st Class) Chemistry, Karen Morgan has wide experience of the chemical industry, education, water and the environment, international development, research and development, and financial services.

Her present interests include service to four Higher Education Institutions: the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, and the University of  Gloucestershire. She is Chairman of Trustees of the Converging World and Chairman of Sustainable Engine Systems Ltd. She has diverse charitable and community interests in both Bristol and Gloucestershire.

She was formerly Chairman and Pro Chancellor of the University of the West of England, a member of  the boards of the National Rivers Authority, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water, Vice Chairman of WaterAid,  a member of Council of the Natural Environment Research Council, and a Trustee of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

She was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to the protection of the water environment and the Degree of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) by UWE in 2004. She is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Bristol (2003) and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2007.

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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.