Charles joined the Company straight from Harrogate Grammar School in 1981, initially as an assistant manager, undertaking all manner of tasks from making the all-important tea to learning how exhibition stands were built. He was promoted to Exhibition Manager in 1984 and was appointed as Divisional Director of the Company's electrical operation in 1992. He is primarily responsible for electrical pricing and event planning, the hire and control of sub-contract electricians and the overall management of all on-site electrical installations.
Charles is a member of the AEO/AEV/ESSA Electrical Technical Committee which was responsible for the evolution and development of the recently-introduced testing regime for all on-site electrical installations. He lives in Harrogate with his partner, Rebecca, and his two adult children. Away from work he enjoys live music concerts, walking, playing cricket and watching rugby. In his younger days he played regularly for Harrogate Rugby Union Club and has recently become a "born-again" cyclist!