Charles has extensive experience of working with stakeholders as a policy lead at the Department of Health and Social Care, as a regulator and as a trustee/chair of various charities. Through his voluntary sector roles, he also knows what it’s like to be a stakeholder lobbying for change.
His roles at DHSC included Head of Blood Policy, ensuring safe, secure supplies of blood for the NHS, and Head of NHS Leadership. As Head of Policy at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), he revised the industry Code of Practice, led public consultations on new scientific developments and engaged as a stakeholder to influence changes in EU and UK law.
On leaving the civil service, he was appointed as a director and then deputy chair of the Caxton Foundation, a charity set up by the government to give discretionary financial support to people infected with hepatitis C through contaminated blood. He has also been chair of the risk and audit committee for Age UK Sutton, chair of the Sperm, Egg and Embryo Donation Trust and chair of Warlingham Parish Council in Surrey.
Charles currently chairs the Caldecott Foundation, a charity providing therapeutic residential care, fostering and education for vulnerable young people from across the UK.
He has been an Associate with Dods Training since 2012.