Bio

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Charly Lester is one of the world’s leading dating industry experts.  She is co-founder and CMO of the dating app for over 50s ‘Lumen’.  Charly was previously the Founder and CEO of The Dating Awards – an international set of industry awards for online dating and matchmaking companies.  She was profiled in Forbes in 2018.

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 also launched ‘A League of Her Own‘ – an online training programme for female entrepreneurs.

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 completed her first 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 played for Team Romania in the Roller Derby World Cup!

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