David Ross

Sponsor and Chairman

David Ross is a UK based entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for co-founding The Carphone Warehouse Group plc in 1991.

David’s philanthropic work is carried out through the David Ross Foundation which he founded.  The Foundation makes charitable donations to a range of educational, community and cultural initiatives, including the David Ross Education Trust, the University of Nottingham, Nevill Holt Opera Festival and projects in Lincoln with the Historic Lincoln Trust and Lincoln Cathedral.

In 2007, David founded the David Ross Education Trust.  The first school to join the Trust in 2007 was Havelock Academy, a secondary school based in David’s hometown of Grimsby.  Recognised as one of 11 system leaders nationwide, the Trust has 34 primary and secondary schools in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and London. David is also Chair of New Schools Network.

David is Chair of the National Portrait Gallery and Chair of The University of Nottingham’s Development Committee. David is a board member of the British Olympic Association and Commonwealth Games England.

David was educated at Uppingham School and Nottingham University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co, working with the firm from 1988 to 1991.