Born in 1953 in London, Charles was educated at Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire and briefly at London University. However preferring the world of business to continuing in education he didn’t complete his degree studies and became a professional computer programmer and then a computer systems analyst.
Charles entered the furniture industry in 1977 when he joined Parker Knoll in their computer department. He moved from computing through production and sales responsibilities. In 1985 he was appointed Managing Director of Nathan Furniture and Chairman of Lock of London and he joined the main board of Parker Knoll plc.
In 1993 he moved on from Parker Knoll Group to run Gloster Furniture and, with his colleagues, took Gloster Furniture from being a small UK manufacturer of teak benches into a leading global brand of high quality outdoor furniture. Gloster manufactured in Asia and marketed its products in over 50 countries with its own companies on 3 continents. He retired from being Group CEO of Gloster at the end of 2014.
Charles was Master of the Furniture Makers Company, the Furnishing Industry’s charity, in 2012/13 and now leads their education and training activities and initiatives. He has been a liveryman since 1988.