Roderick Davidson is a retired stockbroker whose charitable and community interests include being chairman of Bristol Cathedral Council, a member of the Antient Society of St Stephen’s Ringers, Canynges Society, Colston Society, Colston Research Society and the Dolphin Society. He is a former High Sheriff of Avon, Bristol city councillor, council member of Clifton College, Clifton High School, Bristol Zoological Gardens and Chairman of SSAFA Avon & Severnside. Roderick was also a Tax Commissioner and Justice of the Peace.
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.