Don't want to be a doom mongering git, but reading this release and bearing in mind how business works...reads to me that there is a new direction for the business looming and Charles doesn't like it....maybe a take over!
Or perhaps he is tired of the daily grind? Or perhaps he is leaving to become a film star? Or perhaps he is turning his back on petrol and becoming an eco warrior? Or perhaps he is going to sell his 30% and set up a bike company? So many assumptions and no facts.
If the family had decided to sell the company, would it not make sense for them to do it unified and keep everything in equilibrium until the deal was done. Furthermore, I assume if Charles was the foundation of all this, he would be kept on with an earn-out to ensure a suitable transition.
There is too much doom mongering and I cannot see any reason to get out The End is Nigh placards yet