Sir Charles is the founder of The Carphone Warehouse and created TalkTalk in 2002. He was appointed Chairman of TalkTalk in 2010 and became Executive Chairman 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 Chairman of Dixons Carphone PLC.
Chief Executive Officer
Tristia is Chief Executive Officer of TalkTalk. Prior to this Tristia was the Managing Director of TalkTalk’s consumer business. Tristia joined The Carphone Warehouse Group in 2000 and has held a number of senior management and executive positions in The Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk Group. She joined the PLC Board in 2014. Tristia is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Next PLC and is also a Trustee at Comic Relief and national charity Ambitious about Autism.
Chief Financial Officer
Kate is Chief Financial Officer of TalkTalk. Prior to joining TalkTalk, Kate was a member of the Dixons Carphone Plc Executive Committee, 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 an ACA before moving to Merrill Lynch as a Director within the retail sector equity research team, where she spent the next ten years. With effect from 1 June 2019, Kate was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of Greggs PLC.
John Gildersleeve is Deputy Chairman having joined the Board in 2010, as well as being the Chairman of British Land. John was formerly Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Spire Healthcare Group plc, Chairman of Carphone Warehouse Group, 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.
John joined the Board of TalkTalk in 2010 and was Chairman of the Audit Committee until 27 June 2018. He has spent his entire career in media and telecoms, holding a number of senior executive positions in these sectors, including Chief Executive of Orange UK between 2000 and 2004. Prior to that John spent eight years at Mirror Group plc as Finance Director and Chief Executive. After leaving Orange he was Managing Director of Telegraph Media Group, and Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director of Mecom Group plc. In addition to his role at TalkTalk, he is Chairman at IMImobile plc and a Director of Creative Education Trust.
Cath joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2016, having previously been Customer Director and Marketing Director of O2 UK, Non-Executive Director of Telefonica Europe plc and more recently Royal Mail plc. Cath is Chair of ustwo, a digital product, games and venture business and Non-Executive Director of Sage Group plc and Funding Circle, supporting growth of small businesses.
Sir Howard joined the Board in July 2012. In addition to his role at TalkTalk, Sir Howard is Chairman of Atrium TV. Sir Howard had a distinguished 30 year career as a journalist, producer and executive at CBS Inc., previous appointments include: Chairman of Sony Corporation; 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 Chairman between January 2010 and July 2012. From 1999, Roger served over sixteen years as CEO, CFO and Deputy Chairman of The Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Carphone plc. Roger is also a founding Partner in both Student Castle LLP and Freston Ventures Investments LLP, which invests directly in a number of private businesses including Five Guys Europe and MOD Pizza UK, in addition to various indirect private equity and investment funds.
Nigel joined the Board in November 2017 and was appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee in June 2018. Nigel was at 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.
He was also a Director of Virgin Mobile France from 2009 to 2014. Prior to working at Carphone Warehouse Group plc, he 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.
Senior Independent Director
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 of TalkTalk as a Non-Executive Director 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.
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.