Charles George Townshend, 8th Marquess Townshend (born 26 September 1945) is the elder son of George Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend, and his first wife Elizabeth Pamela Audrey (d. 1989), daughter of Thomas Luby. He was styled Viscount Raynham until he succeeded his father on 23 April 2010.
He has two full sisters and a half brother and half sister. He was educated at Eton College. He was Managing Director of Raynham Workshops Ltd (1986–94), and Chairman of Pera International (1988–96). He also served as a General Commissioner of Income Tax in Norwich (1989–97).
In 1975 Townshend married Hermione Ponsonby (1945–1985), daughter of Lt. Cmdr. Robert Martin Dominic Ponsonby, RN, of the family of the Earls of Bessborough, who died in a motor accident in 1985. In 1990 Townshend married Alison Marshall, née Combs, daughter of Sir Willis Ide Combs, KCVO, CMG.
By his first wife, Townshend has two children:
The current Marquess holds the subsidiary titles Viscount Townshend, of Raynham in the County of Norfolk (created 1682) and Baron Townshend, of Lynn Regis in the County of Norfolk (created 1661) both of which in the Peerage of England.