Bio

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Charly Lester is one of the world’s leading dating industry experts.  The Founder and CEO of The Dating Awards – an international set of industry awards for online dating and matchmaking companies – Charly runs annual events in London, America and the European Mainland.

Charly is the former Dating Editor for the Guardian, and Global Head of Dating for Time Out.  She has appeared on BBC Newsnight representing the online dating industry, and in 2015 she was an expert advisor to Lord Sugar in the final of The Apprentice.  Charly is a regular guest on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Together with matchmaker Caroline Brealey, Charly launched the Dating Expert Academy – an online accreditation program for aspiring dating experts.  Charly and Caroline will be launching ‘A League of Her Own‘ – a club for female entrepreneurs – in the summer of 2017.

Charly is an Ambassador for charity ‘Survivors Manchester’, which supports male survivors of rape and sexual assault.  She cycled to Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2016 and will be completing an IronMan in 2018 in aid of the charity.  Charly is a Community Governor for Kendrick Girls’ School in Reading, and on the advisory board for the Media and Digital Communications Masters Degree at Regent’s University.

In her spare time Charly enjoys triathlons and is on Team Romania for the upcoming Roller Derby World Cup!

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