Peter Rilett is First Assistant of The Society of Merchant Venturers. His commercial interests include Centaur Services, Watts of Lydney Group, J T Group, Advanced Transport Systems and Sport Reach. Peter’s community and charitable interests include the North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol Grammar School, Quartet Community Foundation, GWE Business West and the St Monica Trust.
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.