Charles' experience has been in building businesses in a number of industry sectors including financial services, media, media tech and most recently edtech. He co-founded IBIS Capital in 2003 in order to create a flexible, boutique investment bank that could both invest in and advise companies and their shareholders. 12 years on and IBIS Capital has evolved into a leading specialist asset manager and investment banking operation with over 60 successfully completed transactions. Charles also sits on the boards of a range of entrepreneurial companies in the media and education sectors. In 2013, Charles started focusing on the e-Learning and edtech markets and was responsible for a number of key industry initiatives including co-founding EdTech Europe, an annual summit for strategic players and investors interested in the online education market. Charles began his career with the investment banking arm of Apax Partners, one of the leading independent private equity firms in the UK where he helped build the company’s media franchise. In 1998, together with other senior management, Charles spun off the investment banking arm of Apax Partners to form Altium Capital. Over the next two years the business was built up into a pan-European investment bank operating with offices in 7 countries with 140 people, before being sold in 2000 for $225m. Charles was the Managing Director responsible for European media investment banking and was involved in a wide range of fundraising and M&A transactions.