Charles was an executive with SPARK from 2001 to 2005 working as a director at Aspex, Mergermarket, Kobalt, and Insurancewide.com. His areas of interest cover software, internet and next generation communications and was involved with SPARK's investments in Pricerunner (sold to ValueClick), Safelogic (sold to Jasper Design Automation), and IntelligentApps (sold to Sage plc). Charles was until recently Director of Telecoms & Media at Virgin Management Limited working on Virgin's mobile phone and related ventures around the globe. His previous experience includes Gameplay.com, the online games retailer, the investment bank SG Hambros and in strategy consulting with The COBA Group. He was sponsored through his first degree, a MEng at Oxford University, by the Ministry of Defence and also holds a MSc in Finance from London Business School.
Appointed to the Board on 16 September 2004. Charles sits on the companys renumeration committee.