Charles (1956) was appointed to the Board of easyJet as Independent Non Executive Director on 27 June 2011 and became Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director on 1 September 2011.
Charles’ career has been primarily in the travel, tourism and leisure industries in a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group Plc, Executive Chairman TUI Northern Europe and Director Passenger and Cargo at British Airways.
He retired from full time work in June 2003 to pursue a plural career and from a desire 'to put something back'. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Tragus, MACH, Genesis Housing Association and Group NBT. Previously he was non-executive Chairman of LOVEFiLM, Phones4U, Virgin Mobile plc, Alamo/National Rent a Car, 7Days and has been a senior independent director of Merlin Entertainments, a non-executive director at Whitbread plc and an advisory board member of Alpitour.
He is a trustee of the National Trust, Chairman of National Trust Enterprises Ltd and a member of the University of York Development Board.