Current Members

Martin Thatcher

Martin Thatcher is a fourth generation English cider maker and Managing Director of Somerset based Thatchers Cider.

For many years Martin has been an active member of the National Association of Cider Makers, and takes a keen interest in lobbying government on behalf of the cider industry. Before taking on the role of Chair he led the marketing committee.   In 2005 he was awarded the coveted Nuffield Farming Trust scholarship; in 2010, Thatchers was regional winner and UK national finalist, of the prestigious HSBC Business Thinking Initiative.

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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.