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Charles joined Inflexion in 2001. He is a Partner and member of the Investment Committee. With expertise in specialist engineering, Charles co-led our investments and subsequent exits of Aspen Pumps, Pims Group, Healthcare Knowledge International, Ilchester Cheese and Ster Century. He is on the board of NPW and has held previous board positions on Pims Group, HKI, Ilchester and Ster.
Charles began his impressive career as a production engineer at Dowty Ltd and then as manager at Mardon Packaging International, before moving to Granville Baird Private Equity in 1986. Since then he has been instrumental in several iconic deals, not least Matalan and Massey Ferguson.
He is hugely experienced, having worked in the UK, Africa and the USA, in a career spanning 38 years. In addition to his investing role, Charles focuses on Inflexion’s banking relationships, to improve the support that effective liquidity can provide to our investee companies.
Charles is a keen sailor – he was the only British boat to receive a trophy for being the 4th best placed amateur (Corinthian) crew out of 75 entries at the 2017 J/70 World Championships in Sardinia in September. Charles’s team also came and 6th in the UK Nationals at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in both 2015 and 2017and 2nd in the European Championships in Monaco in 2016 (55 entries). The next World Championships will be in Marblehead, USA where Charles is hoping to improve on 4th place.
He also enjoys playing golf in his spare time, when not ferrying his two children around.
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