Charles is CEO of Indie Club, a body that advocates for independent production companies, TV facility companies and programme makers in the nations and regions. Indie Club is dedicated to ensuring a multiplicity of voices in TV, nurturing truly diverse talent and supporting sustainable production and post production ecologies throughout the UK. A film, television and theatre director, Charles’s credits include ‘Coronation Street’, C4 comedy series ‘Porkpie’, an award-winning short film ‘Journey’ …and ‘Happy Mondays – Live at G-Mex’. Previously he was Chair of Contact – Manchester’s unique theatre for young people, for which he secured a £3.8m Arts Council England transformation grant. He also runs his own consultancy business, specialising in leadership, equality, diversity and inclusion.