Current Members

Ross Ancell

Ross Ancell is the Chairman of Churngold Construction Holdings Limited, and has held this post since 2003, having led a management buy in of the company in 1996. Previous to this he spent 15 years with George Wimpey plc, and the last five years was as Managing Director of Wimpey Minerals. In addition, Ross is currently Non-Executive Director for both MJ Gleeson Group plc and Galaxy Entertainment Group in Hong Kong. His charitable interests include RSA fellowship, Guild of Guardians in Bristol and Churngold Environmental Fund.

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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.