Current Members

Michael Bothamley

Michael Bothamley is a development lawyer and a partner of DAC Beachcroft LLP where he is Head of Real Estate and a member of the firm’s Executive Board.  He is a member of the St Monica Council and chairs the Project Board for the proposed St Mary Redcliffe development. He has been a governor of Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital and Colston’s Girls’ School and a trustee of Bristol Zoo, the Tobacco Factory Arts Trust and Clifton RFC and he is a former President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, the Canynges Society and the Anchor Society. He was High Sheriff of Bristol in 2014/15. 

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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.