Co-Founder of Blenheim Chalcot
Since 1998, Charles and his business partner Manoj Badale have co-founded more than 20 businesses, largely technology-related, which are managed through their investment company Blenheim Chalcot.
Charles and Manoj’s first venture was netdecisions group, a major internet services provider, which has evolved into a broad-based 2000 person IT and Business Process Outsourcing business, now trading as Agilisys. While starting netdecisions, they co-founded a number of internet startups – the First Resort (sold to TUI), mad about wine (sold to Fosters), woowho (sold to match.com) and produxion.com (sold to EMAP). They also co-founded the technology companies Fluency (sold to venture capitalists), Eviivo (sold to Investcorp), and Steeltrace (sold to Compuware).
In financial services, they co-founded TDX Group (sold to Equifax), Clear Start (sold to Fairpoint plc), CorporatePay (sold to WEX), and Grove Capital (partial sale to Encore Capital), Oakbrook Finance (consumer finance) and BMS Finance (small business lending group). They recently acquired Liberis, a SME business finance provider.
In media, they co-founded the Rights Company (sold to Warner Music) and Contentive Media, a content marketing and digital agency. Charles sits on the board of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League cricket franchise.
In 2013 Charles and Manoj launched Floream, an integrated, large scale provider of online distance learning platforms including its own online business college, Home Learning College, and white label partnerships with companies such as Google, Reed and The International Olympic Committee. They have also expanded their activities in education with the launch of Arch, a digital apprenticeships business.
Charles was a founding trustee of Operation Smile UK, and is currently the chairman of Technology Trust (a social enterprise providing technology donations and fund-raising tools to more than 17,000 charities). He also serves on the Advisory Board of Founders Forum For Good.
Charles was formerly at Monitor Company.
Charles studied Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford University.
Former Ambassador, Political Expert & Historian
CEO Amicus, and formerly Head of the British Army
Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government
General Secretary, NASUWT
Former Chairman of Arsenal and the Football Association