Charles is currently the National Fire Advisor for Historic England and has been in that role for 7 months. He spent 37 years with Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, where he served over 20 years in the fire safety department as well as a responding to all types of incidents as a flexible duty officer.
He was seconded to Crown Premises Inspection Group for a period of 5 years in London, Royal Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Working mainly in the heritage environment has led to him instigating HFRS heritage protocols. He currently chairs the SE Heritage Group and sits on the IFE (special interest group) for heritage.