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Sir Charles Dunstone

London, UK

Executive Chairman

TalkTalk Group

Sir Charles Dunstone

Biography

Sir Charles Dunstone began his career at NEC, selling computers to corporate clients. On transferring to mobile phones, he identified that no one was selling to the individual or small companies. In true entrepreneurial style and with limited capital, he set up Carphone Warehouse in 1989, selling mobile phones from his flat.

Offering impartial advice and unbeatable service, the company rapidly expanded into Europe and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2000, valued at £1.7 bn.

Carphone Warehouse acquired Opal Telecom and launched TalkTalk in 2003, a residential, fixed line service to compete with BT, allowing customers to talk to each other for free. In 2006 TalkTalk launched the UK’s first free broadband service and became the fastest growing telecoms business and is now a FTSE 250 company and market leader.

Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk demerged in 2010, forming two separate companies, with Charles chairing both.

In 2014 Carphone Warehouse merged with Dixons Retail, creating FTSE 100 company Dixons Carphone plc, which helps customers navigate the connected world and is Europe's leading specialist electrical & telecoms retailer and services company.

Passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs, Charles is proud to have been Chairman of The Prince’s Trust for six years and Council member for fifteen.

In 2012, Charles was Knighted for services to the telecoms industry and his charitable work. He is currently Chairman of Royal Museums Greenwich & BAR Racing.

Sir Charles Dunstone’s Newsfeed

POWER LIST 2019, BUSINESS LEADERS: John Eckbert, CEO, Five Guys

John Eckbert attributes Five Guys’ success to its simple approach of serving fresh, quality burgers and fries in a clean, friendly environment. The numbers certainly seem to back that philosophy up: it is now a £150m business in the UK... It can be easy to forget that the American chain only launched its first site in the UK seven years ago after the founding Murrell family teamed up with Carphone Warehouse entrepreneur Sir Charles Dunstone on a JV.

Former Euronav CEO Paddy Rodgers to Join Royal Greenwich Museums as Director

“Paddy joins us on the completion of a hugely successful masterplan project,” said Sir Charles Dunstone, Chair of Royal Museums Greenwich Trustees. “With his first class links in the maritime industries, demonstrable communication and leadership skills and experience of environmental impacts, the Museum’s Trustees believe Paddy is the right person to lead the Museum on the next stage of our development..."

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Sir Charles Dunstone’s Background

Executive Chairman
Feb 2017 - Present
TalkTalk Telecom Group plc is a company which provides pay television, telecommunications, Internet access and mobile network services to businesses and consumers in the United Kingdom.
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Dixons Carphone
Chairman
Jan 1989 - Apr 2017
Founder and CEO of Carphone Warehouse from 1989 to 2010 and Chairman since 28 January 2010.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Investor
Sep 2015 - Present
London, UK
MOD is the original superfast pizza experience. A pioneering fast-casual concept with artisan-style pizzas and salads that are individually sized, made on demand and ready in minutes.
Co-Owner
Jul 2013 - Present
London, UK
Five Guys Enterprises LLC is an American fast casual restaurant chain which opened its first restaurant in 1986. Their focus is on providing handcrafted hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

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Daily Mail and General Trust PLC
Non-Executive Director
Mar 2001 - Jan 2012
London, UK
Daily Mail and General Trust plc manages a multinational portfolio of companies with revenues of almost £2 billion. These companies provide a diverse range of businesses and consumers with information, analysis, insight, news and entertainment.
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Independent Media Distribution Limited
Non-Executive Director
Jan 2002 - May 2011
London, UK
Independent Media Distribution Ltd provides logistics services to the media industry in Europe. Media logistics is the movement and management of data and content, such as television and radio commercials & editorial programming.

Philanthropy

Chairman
Nov 2013 - Present
London, UK
Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) comprises the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House. Together they work to illustrate the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars, and their relationship with people.
Chairman
Jan 2009 - Present
London, UK
A collective of UK’s leading entrepreneurs, working to enable The Prince's Trust to reach more young people by passing on their experience and expertise and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.
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