Charles formed the first Ventus fund in 2004 and was the lead investment manager of the Ventus funds from 2004 until 2007, also serving as a director of Ventus VCT plc from 2010-2011.
Charles has 20 years of experience in corporate finance (Salomon Brothers), property finance (Dumas West and Co) and private equity. He was also an entrepreneur for seven years, during which period he formed, managed and sold two companies in the IT and telecommunication sectors in Europe. He has substantial experience in the financing of various sectors of the energy industry, including exploration and development, pipelines, oilfield equipment, distributed generation and renewable energy. He has also originated and structured energy outsourcing transactions, with a particular emphasis on reduction of energy consumption and emissions.
Charles holds a BS degree from Purdue University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.