Following military service, Charles worked as a: first line supervisor Smiths Industries (Engineering); Branch and Area Management (Logistics); Development Executive (British Electrical Traction / Rentokil plc). In 1996 he set-up and run his own supervisory management training business (based in Norwich) working in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium. Following the sale of the business, Charles retrained as a Mental Health Nurse at the University of East Anglia, graduating with first class honours in 2011.

As a RMN his experience includes: Drug and Alcohol Services; College Mental Health Advisor; Acute Adult MH Assessment Ward and Adult MH Long Stay Wards, and most recently (to March 2017) Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Inpatient Services.

Although new to the Health Sciences teaching team, he has considerable experience teaching post experience adults including running the sergeants accredited leadership programme for Norfolk and Suffolk Police. Since 2013 he has taught part-time on the UEA accredited Psychology BSc. and Health Foundation Degree programmes, and has had some involvement in consultation skills training at the Norwich Medical School.

Charles’ academic qualifications include: BA (Social Psychology); BSc. (Mental Health Nursing); MSc (Education and Training); and in 2002 was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Currently Charles teaches on the BSc. (Mental Health Nursing) programme and has teaching input on other programmes across the School of Health Sciences. His current interests include school teacher and parental education around child and adolescent mental health issues; the early intervention and recovery of young people with mental health difficulties; helping student nurses develop sound fundamental leadership skills, in preparation for clinical practice.