Charles is the Executive Chairman for ATLAS and is responsible for chairing the Executive Committee and for the governance of the organisation. Charles has over 40 years of experience and spent more than 25 years in investment banking, working with JP Morgan, Kleinwort Benson, BZW and Credit Suisse, both in London and in New York. He ran the Equity Capital Markets departments at both Kleinwort Benson and BZW (until it was acquired by Credit Suisse) and at Credit Suisse he became Head of Equity Capital Markets in Europe and a member of the bank’s European Investment Banking Committee, as well as chairman of the firm’s European Equity Valuation Committee (the bank’s equity underwriting committee in Europe) and of its Corporate Broking business.
Charles left banking in 2006 to set up a hedge fund business and later joined a London listed hedge fund management company, where he became Chief Investment Officer and, later, CEO. In 2012 he joined a corporate intelligence company where he worked for a number of investor clients in the infrastructure sector and in 2014 he joined Gatwick Airport Limited as its Director for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability and a member of the Executive Board. He joined ATLAS in 2017.