News : Charles Morgan loses fight against dismissal

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

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Charles Morgan

Charles Morgan has been officially dismissed from the Morgan Motor Company. The news was confirmed by Charles on his personal blog following an unsuccessful appeal against the decision to remove him from the board.

‘I have been informed that Morgan has rejected my appeal and, as a result, I have been removed from Morgan Technologies,’ said a statement from Charles Morgan. ‘It is incredibly disappointing news. My family and I remain very grateful for the expressions of support received from Morgan fans, workers and the public since this process began.

‘I have been dismissed on what I believe are very contentious grounds. Over the last 12 months, it was made increasingly clear that my philosophy to modernise Morgan did not fit with the philosophy of the current management,’ he added.

The grandson of the company’s founder, HFS Morgan, Charles joined the family business in 1985 and worked under the guidance of his father, Peter Morgan, before taking charge in 2003. As chariman, Charles enjoyed a successful spell, overseeing significant growth and the launch of new models, which included the reintroduction of the 3-wheeler.

However, following disagreements with the board, Charles was replaced as chairman in March and was appointed as an ambassador, but this tenure was short lived when the company issued a statement a two weeks ago saying he was no longer part of the management team or board of directors. Charles Morgan remains a major shareholder in the Morgan Motor Company and it’s believed he is now exploring other avenues for appeal.

No one at the Morgan Motor Company was available for comment.

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10 Comments

  1. Sad news, this will effect Morgan more than they would ever know, there are a lot of Morgan owners that support Charles, and have stated that if he goes, they go too.

    I have to say that his family (Board members) are disgusting to vote against a family member in favour of “outsiders”, If i were him, i would sell my shares to a venture capitalist, a let them lose on the company.

    I wish him well for the future and any further legal actions he chooses to take against his company.

  2. Half of the appeal of Morgan was that it is owned and managed by the son and then grandson of the founder. What did he do so very wrong? Clearly he does not own enough shares to control the board which must have been a mistake somewhere down the line.

  3. I hope this doesn’t mean the EvaGT wont see the light of day.

    I think you’re all right @3 to @5. Him wondering around with this young Woman half his age does make me wonder what he is actually like. Something not right behind the scenes. I just hope it doesn’t affect Morgans future. I too loved the father to son and so on but it cant go on for ever.

  4. I remember seeing Charles Morgan on the ‘Troubleshooter’ TV program, many years ago and thinking then that he wasn’t up to the job. I think it’s probably for the best.

  5. It is strange how the Troubleshooter programme divided opinion. The problem for me was that John Harvey-Jones plainly could not grasp that this was not a volume production business, but was rather a bespoke tailoring business. Although some of what he said made sense ( such as reducing the number of times a chassis was shunted from one end of the premises to another ) the rest of his observations might have been appropriate for ICI but were unrealistic in the context of Morgan . Unfortunately, I don’t remember Charles Morgan’s part in it ( perhaps that says something in itself )

  6. I gather the same was done to Peter Morgan by Charles some years ago, so amazing to think things repeat themselves. Others may know more about that. I do think there is a lot more to this than we know and probably never will know.

    Those people who say they won’t buy a Morgan because Charles isn’t the boss are being silly. The cars are the same and the company is still family owned with the bosses guided by the family.

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