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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 has held previous board positions on NPW, Pims Group, HKI, Ilchester Cheese and Ster Century.
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 heads up Inflexion’s banking relationships, to improve the support that effective liquidity can provide to our investee companies. He also focuses on pre and post deal investment management with an emphasis on value creation.
Charles is a keen sailor – he was the only British boat to receive a trophy for being the 4th best amateur (Corinthian) crew out of 75 entries at the 2017 J/70 World Championships in Sardinia. Charles’s team also came 2nd in the European Championships in Monaco in 2016 (55 entries). He has competed extensively in the UK. The next World Championships will be in Marblehead, USA where Charles is hoping to improve on 4th place. Charles also sponsors the UK Olympic sailor Hannah Mills, who won gold for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Married with two children, he also enjoys playing golf in his spare time. He strongly believes in putting something back into society and is an extensive supporter of Mellon Educate (building schools in South Africa) and the Pace Centre (supporting children with motor disorders).
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