Current Members

Tim Ross

Tim qualified as a solicitor, working in the City of London and as a company legal adviser, before attending London Business School and moving into general management. He has considerable experience of the construction, building materials, waste management, environmental and related sectors.

Tim was previously Chairman or a Main Board Director of a number of public companies, including George Wimpey. He is still an active director or investor in several private or venture capital-backed companies. He is a past Governor of Bristol University, President of the Dolphin Society, Trustee of Quartet Community Foundation and he was Chairman of Council at Clifton College until 2014.

Tim was Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers in 2015/16.

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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. She is advised as necessary by the Clerk, who is a lawyer.