Current Members

Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper is the Founding Director of CSR Consultancy, which advises companies and NGOs on social responsibility and sustainability. He is currently working on a merger of sustainable coffee programmes and on future strategy for the Rainforest Alliance. Simon is Chair of the Grand Appeal, which works with Aardman Animations to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital. He is also chair of the Schumacher Society which celebrates the work of E.F. Schumacher, and is a Trustee of At-Bristol and MusicSpace, the music therapy charity. He is a director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative, and a governor at Oldfield Park Infants School in Bath.

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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.