Current Members

Peter McCarthy

Peter McCarthy was the founder and former Chairman and Managing Director of the Telecom Potential Group plc. His is currently the Managing Director of Radius Enterprise Centre, Chairman of Clevedon Hall Ltd, a Director of Aviation Briefing Ltd, Director of Parsnip Mash Ltd and a mentor to several startup companies.

Peter’s charitable interests include the Merchants’ Academy and Community and Education Support Services, a not for profit company dedicated to providing specialist services to the Education sector and organisations supporting the Community.

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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.