Charles Dunstone

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Sir Charles Dunstone (born in 1964) is the founder and CEO of The Carphone Warehouse Group plc.


In 1989 Dunstone founded The Carphone Warehouse Group plc, which merged with Dixons in August 2014 to become Dixons Carphone.[1]

In February 2000 he was appointed as a non-executive director of Halifax and following the merger of Bank of Scotland and Halifax in September 2001, Dunstone was appointed as a non-executive director of HBOS plc.[2]

Dunstone was appointed to the board of the Daily Mail and General Trust in 2001 as an independent non-executive director [3]


Support for Labour

In 2005 Dunstone was one of 63 business people who signed a letter supporting the UK Labour Party.[4]

Political links

Dunstone has been photographed sunbathing with Tony Blair on a yacht in Barbados [5] and Blair, Rebekah Brooks, David Cameron and Peter Mandelson were guests at his wedding in 2009.[6]

Letter to the Telegraph

On 1 April 2015 Dunstone was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.[7]


Political donations

Recorded by the Electoral Commission:[8]

Date Name of donor Amount Donated to Subsidiary (parties only)
11/09/2014 Charles Dunstone £5,000.00 Conservative Party Wirral West


  1. Forbes Charles Dunstone, accessed 2 April 2015.
  2. Bloomberg Charles W. Dunstone, accessed 2 April 2015.
  3. DGMT Board of Directors, Board Profile accessed 23 January 2009.
  4. Christopher Hope and Steven Swinford Tony Blair's former business backer Sir Charles Dunstone 'frightened' by Ed Miliband winning election Telegraph, 5 February 2015, accessed 2 April 2015
  5. David Prosser The Business On... Charles Dunstone, Chairman, TalkTalk Independent, 9 July 2010, accessed 8 April 2015.
  6. Charlotte Edwardes The best connected man in business: Carphone Warehouse billionaire Charles Dunstone on Cameron, congestion and karma Evening Standard,11 June 2014, accessed 8 April 2015.
  7. Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 2 April 2015.
  8. Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 2 April 2015.