Charles is CEO of the Indie Club, the new trade body for independent production companies, TV facility companies and programme makers. A film, television and theatre director, his 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 ACE capital grant as part of the theatre’s £6.5m transformation now underway. Since 1997 he has also run his own consultancy company, Talawa Consulting, specialising in leadership, equality and diversity.