Charles Cotton is Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon International Limited. He co-authored “The Cambridge Phenomenon 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise” and  “The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global Impact”. He is a director of AIM quoted Frontier Developments Plc, Solarflare Inc, XMOS Limited, Cambridge Enterprise Limited and is a member of its Investment Committees, Deputy Chairman of Cambridge Ahead and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah and AUS Enterprises.

Previously he was a Supervisory Board member of Euronext Amsterdam listed Tele Atlas which was sold to TomTom for $4.3 billion in 2008, Executive Chairman of NASDAQ listed GlobespanVirata Inc and Chief Executive Officer of Virata Corp which he took public on NASDAQ in 1999 and acheived a market capitalisiation, at its peak, of more than $5 billion. Prior to that he was President of Thermal Scientific Inc and a Director of London Stock Exchange listed Thermal Scientific. Charles' engagement in high technology dates back to 1983 when he was Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research Limited. After graduating, Charles worked in the automotive industry at British Leyland and Ford.

He holds a BA Hons in Physics from the University of Oxford, is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.