Charles’ career spans both brand marketing and the entertainment industry.

He spent ten years with one of the UK’s leading advertising agencies. Bartle Bogle Hegarty; as Group Development Director, he was responsible for building the agency’s international business, which involved launching offices in Asia and the US. He then worked with Simon Fuller for eight years to build 19 Entertainment into a globally respected entertainment company, prior to a sale in 2005 to CKX for £100m.

Charles presided over the development and global expansion of the ‘Pop Idol’ franchise and the US hit show ‘So You Think You can Dance?’ He has also worked with talent such as David Beckham to build a globally branded business.

As well as founder of Crystal, Charles is also Chief Operating Officer of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Simon Cowell & Sony Music Entertainment.