Harold Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms
Chairman of Dixons Retail
In office
Preceded byCharles Kalms
Succeeded byCurrys plc
Life President of Currys plc
Assumed office
Preceded byDixons Retail
Director of Centre for Policy Studies
In office
Preceded byboard of directors
Succeeded byboard of directors
Personal details
Harold Stanley Kalms

21 November 1931
Political partyConservative
Pamela Jimack
(m. 1954)
Children3 sons (Richard, Stephen and Paul)
Parent(s)Charles Kalms (father)
Sarah "Cissie" Shlagman (mother)
Known for

Harold Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms (born 21 November 1931) is the life president and former chairman of Currys plc (formerly DSG International plc, Dixons Group, Dixons Carphone). Currys plc owns Currys, as well as the now phased-out brands "PC World", "Team Knowhow" (in-house services) and various international electronics retailers. Dixons Retail merged with Carphone Warehouse in October 2014 to become Dixons Carphone (later Currys plc). He spent his entire career from 1948 working for Dixons, which was founded by his father Charles Kalms in 1937.[1]

He was Chairman of Volvere plc, a British turnaround group, from 2002 to 2011.


Stanley Kalms was educated at Christ's College, Finchley. He married Pamela Jimack in 1954. They have three sons (Richard, Stephen and Paul) and eight grandchildren.[2]


Kalms joined Dixons in 1948 at the age of 16 and over the years grew the company from a one-store family business into Europe's leading specialist electrical retailer. Kalms was appointed Chairman of the Dixons Group plc in 1971.[2] He was also a Governor of Dixons City Academy in Bradford, West Yorkshire (where an art theatre complex is named in his honour), a Director of Business for Sterling, and a Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.[citation needed]

Charitable activities

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Kalms is also involved in many private charitable activities including the setting up of the Stanley Kalms Foundation in London and previously the Stanley Kalms Readership in Business Ethics and Strategic Management at University of North London. He was Chairman of King's Healthcare NHS Trust from 1993 to 1996. He was also involved in the King's Hospital ISLET Diabetes Research Programme.


Kalms has written in the press on the subjects of European Monetary Union (EMU), and on Corporate Governance; and a book – A Time to Change – a review of the activities of the United Synagogue (1996).[3]


Kalms was treasurer of the Conservative Party, 2001–3.[2] Like many in the party, he opposed the euro. Kalms, who is Jewish, attacked William Hague for his position on the Israel attack in Lebanon, calling him an "ignorant armchair critic" and that remarks were "downright dangerous".[4] He was expelled from the party in 2009 after voting for UKIP[5] and is currently non-affiliated.[6]

He was the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) think tank from 1991 to 2001.[7] He is a member of the Advisory Board of United Against Nuclear Iran which is an advocacy organization closely tied to neoconservative and other “pro-Israel” factions that promotes a confrontational U.S. stance towards Iran, particularly with respect to its nuclear program.[8] Kalms is a member of the Savile Club and Portland Club. The Stanley Kalms Foundation gave £100,000 to the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society in 2013.[9]


Kalms has close connections to the University of Buckingham. He received an honorary degree from Buckingham,[2] and Chris Woodhead was the Sir Stanley Kalms Professor of Education. He received his knighthood in the 1996 New Years Honours[10][11] for his services to the electrical retailing industry and made a life peer as Baron Kalms, of Edgware in the London Borough of Barnet in 2004.[12]

Coat of arms of Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms
A lynx rampant guardant Gules grasping in the dexter forepaw a lightning flash Or.[13]
Barry wavy of six Argent and Gules on a pale Azure a lightning flash Or.
On either side a lynx guardant holding int the exterior forepaw a chain Or.
Constantia Et Integritas Vitae

Further reading


  1. ^ Dixons through the ages[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d Who's Who: Kalms, Baron, Harold Stanley Kalms. London: Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U22594. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  3. ^ Kalms, Stanley (1992). A Time for Change. The Stanley Kalms foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  4. ^ Cameron faces revolt over Israel
  5. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (30 December 2014). "Rightwing thinktank pulls funds for Commons groups after disclosure row". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 8 April 2023. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Lord Kalms". Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  7. ^ List of companies related to Baron Kalms – http://www.flixens.com/director/harold-stanley-kalms
  8. ^ "United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)".
  9. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (30 December 2014). "Rightwing thinktank pulls funds for Commons groups after disclosure row". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "No. 54255". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1995. p. 2.
  11. ^ "No. 54537". The London Gazette. 27 September 1996. p. 1.
  12. ^ "No. 57308". The London Gazette. 4 June 2004. p. 1.
  13. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 2015. p. 678.

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