Charles is a retired architect and former governor of a primary and secondary school federation in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. He is currently the secretary of the residents’ association of the estate where he lives in Putney. He was president of the Franco-British Union of Architects in 2006 and is now its secretary-general. As a trustee of the Devas Club he has a particular involvement in the upkeep of the building, as well as working with the other trustees on general governance matters.