Charles joined Motability's Board of Governors on 26 September 2019 and he started in his new role as Chairman on 1 June 2020. He is and has been a trustee and board member of several other organisations, including Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Motability (the charity) is responsible for setting the strategic policies and direction of the Motability Scheme (which is operated by Motability Operations Ltd) and oversees its performance to ensure that it meets the needs of people with a disability.
In December Motability’s Chairman and co-founder Lord Sterling GCVO CBE publicly announced that after 43 years he would be standing down as Chairman.
Lord Sterling said: “I am delighted to hand over the chairmanship of Motability to Charles Manby. His global experience in the business world and his considerable involvement in charitable causes will unquestionably add to the significant experience of Motability’s Board of Governors.
“Apart from my business career I have been involved in non-profit making organisations since my early 20s.
“I have to say that for me, creating Motability in order to enhance the lives of disabled people and their families has unquestionably been the most important endeavour of my life.
“In my ongoing role as Life President I will of course help Motability in every way possible taking account the challenges ahead.”
Charles Manby said: “It is an enormous privilege to Chair the Motability Board of Governors and with their full support and respective experiences, I am confident we will continue the success of the past 43 years. I am indebted to Lord Sterling for his warm welcome and mentorship. Motability has grown from strength to strength under his hugely resourceful leadership. I look forward to helping the Charity continue to grow and expand its purpose, making a difference to the mobility of disabled people and their families.”
A keen and experienced sailor, he recently skippered an 18m sailing yacht, successfully circumnavigating the globe with his wife from 2017 until 2019.