Current Members

Laura Marshall

Laura’s professional interests lie with Icon Films. As Managing Director, Laura is responsible for the overall strategy of the company, personnel development and overseeing marketing. Laura is passionate about Bristol as a centre of creativity, commerce, innovation and cooperation – and is heavily involved with media organisations in the city. Laura’s community and charitable interests are with the Bristol Old Vic Trust as Chair from 2010 to 2013, and continued member of the Board as well as Governor of the Merchants’ Academy, Withywood.

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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.