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Charles Hadcock FRBS

Chairman – Creative Lancashire

Charles Hadcock was born in Derby in 1965. He studied fine art at the Royal College of Art, London, specialising in sculpture. His first solo exhibition was in London in 1991 and he moved to Lancashire in 1999 with his wife and family.  In April 2007, Charles was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. He was made a fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2008 and elected onto the RBS Council in 2012.  Charles was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 2014.

His monumental sculptures reflect his interest in geology, engineering and mathematics and are enriched by references to music and poetry. Although widely exhibited across the UK and Europe, Charles works in Lancashire and uses local foundries, engineers and digital companies.

In 2014 Charles exhibited his work at 60 Threadneedle Street in London to critical acclaim.

Charles' best-known work is ‘Passacaglia’, a 20-tonne giant monolith cast from iron, which resides permanently on Brighton Beach. Many of his public works are cast in iron and can be seen at numerous sites in London, notably at Canary Wharf, and around the country.

In 2001, Charles purchased a Preston building to create ‘The Watermark’ on Ribbleton Lane. This is an innovative mix of office space and artists' studios, designed as a creative hub and community to welcome and incubate a mix of up-and-coming and established designers in the city.

He later created sister building ‘The Benchmark’, situated adjacent to ‘The Watermark’ as a base for creative industries in Lancashire.

In 2000, Charles and his wife Camilla established  Roach Bridge Tissues, from the 141-year-old Roach Bridge Paper Company near Samlesbury. Camilla’s family had owned the Mill until the 1980’s. They specialise in the printing of luxury tissue wrapping paper for high street shops and boast an impressive customer list including Disney, Fortnum and Mason, Fenwicks and many more.

Charles is  Development Director of  the Roach Bridge Mill site. Taking advantage of the 18th century infrastructure already in place at the Mill, he developed and project managed the successful installation of a hydro electricity generating plant which has the capacity to supply power to the whole Roach Bridge Mill complex, allowing the products produced on site to have truly green credentials.

The long term development plan for this historic Lancashire mill includes a multi occupancy office building and further workshops and industrial units.

Charles has been Chairman of Creative Lancashire since its formation in 2003.