Charles developed an association with Dixie Grammar when his children attended the school in the 1990s. Since then, both girls have gone on to university education and professional employment. His own career was in medicine. Following training at Birmingham Medical School, he worked in various hospital posts before specialising in laboratory medicine. He worked at the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he was a consultant histopathologist from 1988 until his retirement in 2012. His primary interest was the training of junior medical staff. In relation to this, he was involved with the College of Pathologists and was also responsible for the oversight of training in the East Midlands region.

Charles lives locally with his wife. Current activities include creative crafts along with sport, music making and gardening.

Charles sits on the Finance, Facilities and People Committee.