Current Members

Robert Bernays OBE

Robert Bernays is a Director of Fertility Focus Ltd and a Trustee of the Berkeley and Spetchley Estates. His community and charitable interests include Merchants’ Academy and The Burden Trust, of which he is the Vice Chairman. Robert is also the Chairman of J&M Britton Charitable Trust, a Deputy Lieutenant in Gloucestershire and a Trustee of the Nepali Children’s Trust.

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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.