Fund Raising and Finance
After a degree in Chemistry at Leeds University Charles spent 3 years on voluntary service overseas as a teacher of science and maths in the Fiji Islands. On his return to the UK, he spent 29 years with a major oil company, ConocoPhillips, as a procurement executive, gaining broad experience of the procurement of goods, equipment and services in project, head office and operational environments both in the UK and overseas. Charles has extensive experience in negotiation and management of wide ranging and complex contracts, formulation and application of purchasing and contracting strategies, development of policies and procedures, and implementation of computerised purchasing systems. He has spent the last ten years volunteering with a community environmental group, Sustainable Crediton. He is currently Vice Chairman. He has applied for and obtained grants for the implementation of renewable energy schemes from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He leads a solar panel purchasing group which has installed 75 sets of solar panels on homes and community buildings in Mid Devon.