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Charles Allen

Charles Allen

Lord Allen of Kensington, CBE

Experienced Chairman: FTSE, Nasdaq, Private Equity, Private Company, Public Sector, Third Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 32 years of senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in hotels, catering, food production, broadcasting, TV production, radio, cable, music, retail, manufacturing, technology, leisure, gaming and B2B services
  • Experience as Chief Operating Officer, Business Development Chair, Remuneration Committee Chair, Nomination Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director
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Current Positions

Charles Allen (Lord Allen of Kensington CBE) is currently the Chairman of Global Media and Entertainment (Classic FM, Capital, Heart, Smooth, LBC, X Radio, LBC, Gold and Outdoor), Chairman of ISS A/S, a global facilities services company providing cleaning, support services, property management, catering and securities services, and Advisory Chairman of Moelis & Company, a global independent investment bank. 

Industry Knowledge

Professional experience from positions in the entertainment, catering and finance industries at, among others, EMI Music Group (Executive Chair), 2 Sisters Food Group (Chairman), Virgin Media (Non-Executive Director) and Goldman Sachs as a Senior Advisor providing advice and support to the private equity portfolio and to the banking business. Lord Allen has 21 years of senior leadership positions including CEO positions within ITV plc, Granada Group plc and Compass Group plc.

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Vindi Banga

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Glen Moreno

Glen Moreno is Non-Executive Director of Fidelity International Ltd, one of the world’s leading investment companies. He was previously Chairman of Pearson plc, a global publishing and educational business, Chairman of Virgin Money plc and served as Acting Chairman of UK Financial Investments, the organisation created to manage the UK government’s investment in troubled banks.

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Jack So Chak-kwong GBM GBS OBE JP

Jack So Chak-kwong GBM GBS OBE JP

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