After graduating from Cambridge in 1973 with a BA (Hons) in History, Charles spent eight years in industry and management consulting. He joined Citicorp Venture Capital in 1982 becoming Head of Management Buy-outs in 1985. He was involved in the development of Citicorp’s European Venture Capital operations during 1986 and 1987. In 1988 he joined Phildrew Ventures as a Founder Executive where he was a senior partner.
Charles founded Primary in 1995 and was the company’s Chief Executive Officer until July 2012 when he became Executive Chairman.
Charles enjoys a range of sports and is a long-suffering Newcastle United supporter.
Previous companies: Imperial Group, Cadbury Schweppes, RHM Foods, Coopers & Lybrand, Citicorp Venture Capital and Phildrew Ventures
Joined Primary: 1995