Sir Charles is the founder of The Carphone Warehouse Group Plc and created TalkTalk in 2002. He was appointed as Chair of TalkTalk in 2010 and became Executive Chair in May 2017. Sir Charles has directed the development of TalkTalk to become one of the leading fixed line telecommunication businesses in the UK. Sir Charles is currently Chairman of Royal Museums Greenwich and was previously Chair of Dixons Carphone Plc.


Tristia is Chief Executive Officer of TalkTalk. Prior to this Tristia was the Managing Director of TalkTalk’s consumer business before joining the Board in 2014. Tristia joined The Carphone Warehouse Group Plc in 2000 and has held a number of senior management and executive positions in The Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk Group. Tristia is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Next PLC and is also a Trustee at Comic Relief and national charity Ambitious about Autism.


Kate is Chief Financial Officer of TalkTalk. Prior to joining TalkTalk in 2017, Kate was a member of the Dixons Carphone PLC Executive Committee, after originally joining The Carphone Warehouse Group Plc in 2010 as Corporate Affairs Director to facilitate the demerger from TalkTalk. Kate began her career in audit with PricewaterhouseCoopers, qualifying as a chartered accountant before moving to Merrill Lynch as a Director within the retail sector equity research team, where she spent the next ten years. Since June 2019, Kate has served as Independent Non-Executive Director of Greggs PLC, where she is Chair of the Audit Committee.


John Gildersleeve is Deputy Chair having joined the Board in 2010. John was formerly Chair of British Land, Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director of Spire Healthcare Group plc, Chair of The Carphone Warehouse Group Plc, New Look Retail Group, EMI Group and Gallaher Group; a Non-Executive Director of Dixons Carphone plc, Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, Vodafone Group and Pick n Pay Stores (South Africa); and an Executive Director of Tesco plc.


Sir Howard joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2012. Sir Howard had a distinguished 30 year career as a journalist, producer and executive at CBS Inc., previous appointments include: Chair of Sony Corporation and Atrium TV; President of CBS Broadcasting of the American Film Institute; SAID Business School Oxford and New York Presbyterian Ophthalmology Center and Board member of BBC Commercial Holdings Ltd.


Roger joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in November 2015, having previously been TalkTalk’s Non-Executive Deputy Chair between January 2010 and July 2012. From 1999, Roger served over sixteen years as CEO, CFO and Deputy Chair of The Carphone Warehouse Group Plc and Dixons Carphone Plc. Roger is also a founding Partner in Freston Ventures Investments LLP, which invests directly in a number of private businesses including Five Guys Europe, in addition to various indirect private equity and investment funds.


Nigel joined the Board in November 2017 and was appointed as Chair of the Audit Committee in June 2018.  Nigel was at The Carphone Warehouse Group Plc from 1997 until its merger with Dixons Retail in 2014. He held a number of senior finance roles including UK Finance Director and Group Finance Director, before becoming CFO in 2010. Nigel previously spent four years with Arthur Andersen, where he qualified as an ACA. He is a Trustee for a number of charities, including Renaissance Foundation, Ensemble Pour La Difference and the David Ross Education Trust.


Ian joined the Board in February 2011 and is the Senior Independent Director. He has been involved in the TMT sector for over 30 years as a manager, director and investor. Ian held numerous roles at Sky over eleven years, latterly as Managing Director of the Sky Digital subscription business. Ian is also currently an investor in, and/or Director of, a range of small and medium sized businesses and co-founded Top Up TV in 2003.  Ian was a supervisory board member of Kabel Deutschland.

Phil joined the Board in October 2018. He has previously spent more than 20 years in the Telecoms Sector as both CIO of Vodafone UK & Ireland and Group CIO of Telefonica based in Madrid, Spain. He is now Group CIO and a member of the Operating Board at Sainsbury’s.  Phil has worked as a Non-Exec advisor on Technology in Investment & Retail Banking and is a member of many global IT industry advisory boards.

Paul  joined the Board in April 2020 having previously been the independent Chair of FibreNation Limited. He is Chairman of fintech company 9Spokes International and a Director of Computershare (Melbourne), leaders in financial administration. Paul has over 30-years of experience in telecommunications. He was a Director at BT 2001-2007 and CEO of BT Wholesale, with responsibility for the company’s network and global technology operations including the spin-out of Openreach. He was CEO of Telecom New Zealand 2007-2012, completing the world’s first structural separation into independent retail and fibre-network companies. Paul is a past Director of Eircom (Dublin), eAccess (Tokyo) and AAPT (Sydney). 


Tim Morris

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Tim is responsible for all legal matters in the UK and across Europe including acquisitions, corporate governance and company secretarial matters at TalkTalk Group. Previously he was General Counsel and Company Secretary at Carphone Warehouse Group plc.



Terms of Reference (PDF)

John Gildersleeve (chair)
Roger Taylor
Ian West
Howard Stringer


Terms of Reference (PDF)

Nigel Langstaff (chair)
Ian West
Phil Jordan


Terms of Reference (PDF)

John Gildersleeve (chair)
Sir Howard Stringer
Ian West

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