Charles is resident in the UK and has wide experience of the finance industry, particularly private equity and real estate funds. Having obtained an MA in Classics from Oxford University, Charles joined SG Warburg in 1974. He initially worked in asset management and later moved to advising central banks of emerging countries on debt restructuring, which activity he then continued at CSFB. At Merrill Lynch Charles was responsible for the structuring and marketing of country funds, as well as private equity and real estate funds. Charles moved to Flemings in 1994, where he was head of Group Product Development and European Marketing and continued to focus on private equity and real estate funds. He subsequently joined Govett Investment Management as Managing Director, Funds. Charles now acts as an independent advisor to industrial and financial enterprises on raising finances, as well as being active in the charitable sector, holding both Trustee and Chairman positions.