Our Team

Our Team 2017-12-07T11:41:12+00:00

Sir Peter Lampl leads a small expert executive team with experience of policy, research, media and development. The team is supported by the trustees, a development advisory board and Fellows. In addition, the Trust’s work is supported by a diverse Education Advisory Group.

Chairman
Peter is the founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust and is also the chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation.

Before establishing the Sutton Trust, Peter was the founder and chairman of the Sutton Company, a Private Equity firm with offices in New York, London and Munich.

To contact Peter, please email his personal assistant, Anna Fellows.

Chief Executive
Lee is Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust and a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation. He commissioned and is co-author of the Sutton Trust-EEF toolkit. He is a governor at William Ellis School. He was previously an education journalist, working for the Guardian and Times Higher Education Supplement.

To contact Lee, please email Emma Legg.

Director of Research and Communications
Conor leads on the Trust’s communications, policy and research work. Conor was senior education adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2005-2007 and was David Blunkett’s special adviser from 1993-2001. Conor is a trustee of NFER and a director of a multi-academy trust. In 2015-16, he was a member of the Scottish Commission on Widening Access.
Director of Development
Ellie joined the Trust in 2012 as Development and Communications Officer. She now directs the Trust’s fundraising efforts and business development.

Before joining the Trust she completed her doctorate in English Literature from the University of Oxford. In 2016 she published her first monograph.

Head of Programmes and Partnerships
Binda heads the Programmes and Partnerships team. She graduated with a BA in Geography from King’s College London in 2009. Before joining the Trust, Binda was Managing Director of Pure Potential and trustee and award holder at the Diana Award.
Alumni Manager
Jess looks after the Trust’s alumni network, having previously worked in alumni relations at Imperial College London. She is also studying for a PhD in participatory art at Birkbeck University. She holds a MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths College, and a BA in International Relations and Art History from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Programmes Manager
Ketiwe joined the Sutton Trust in 2014. She previously worked at The Challenge on their National Citizen Service Programmes after graduating from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Politics and Hispanic Studies.
Early Years Lead
Laura joined the Sutton Trust in 1997 helping Sir Peter Lampl to establish the Trust. Between 1997-2015, she has combined raising a family with a range of roles at the Trust, most recently taking the lead in our early years’ work. Laura remains involved as a consultant for the Sutton Trust and Esmee Fairbairn Parental Engagement Fund.
Trust Co-ordinator and PA to the Chief Executive
Shona joined the Sutton Trust in 2015. She previously worked as a Researcher for an MP in the Houses of Parliament. She holds a BA in History from the University of Leicester.

Programmes Manager
Laura joined the Trust in early 2017 overseeing the UK student and teacher Summer Schools and Sutton Scholars programmes. She previously worked at The Challenge and for Nottingham University’s Widening Participation team. Laura graduated from Nottingham University with a BA in French and Management.
Finance Manager
Gemma joined the Sutton Trust in 2015. She has a decade of financial accounting experience, having previously worked for Barclays Bank and London youth work charity, XLP. Gemma holds a BSc in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Bath and has recently become an affiliate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Media and Communications Manager
Hilary joined the team in 2015 to work across both the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation. In her previous role at a communications agency, she implemented media campaigns for a range of projects including charities, films and arts festivals. She holds a BA in Music from Oxford University.
Research and Policy Manager
Carl joined the Trust in 2016. He previously worked as a statistician in NatCen Social Research and as a researcher in Democratic Audit UK. Carl holds master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin and LSE.
Personal Assistant to Sir Peter Lampl
Anna has been Sir Peter’s personal assistant and diary manager since the inception of the Sutton Trust and for ten years before that at the Sutton Company. Anna has a BA in German and Russian from the University of Bristol.
Senior Parliamentary and Public Affairs Officer
Javneet joined the the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation in 2016. She previously worked for an older people’s charity as their public affairs lead, and for a former Minister during the Coalition Government. She holds a BA in History from LSE.
Programmes Intern
Latisha graduated in 2016 from the University of Sussex with a degree in Politics and International Relations. Prior to joining the Trust in 2017, she worked for the Education Policy Institute as a Research Officer focusing on children and young people’s mental health. Latisha has most recently returned from Zambia having completed the ICS programme, where she worked with young people on sexual reproductive health and rights.
Development Manager
Michael joined in 2017 as part of the Development team, raising funding in support of the Sutton Trust’s work. Before joining the Trust, he worked in major gifts fundraising for a range of causes including international development and medical research. He holds a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Sheffield.
Finance Director
Frank is the Finance Director of The Sutton Trust and The Education Endowment Foundation. Before joining the Trust Frank has worked across the public and private sector within a number of organisations in a senior finance capacity.
Trust Administrator and PA to the Chief Executive
Emma joined the Trust in November 2017. She has a BA in English Literature and French from the University of Surrey. Before joining, she worked for Electricité de France in Paris, and was a Widening Participation and Outreach Student Ambassador at University.
Programmes Manager
Claire joined the Trust in early 2017 to oversee the Pathways Programmes. Claire holds a Masters in Sport Psychology from Brunel University. Since then, she has worked for the Mountbatten Institute on its New York Programme.
Research Fellow
Rebecca joined the team in April 2017. She holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Sheffield. Rebecca was previously a Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where she authored briefings on scientific issues for MPs and Peers.
Programmes Officer
Nick joined the Sutton Trust in 2016 as a Programmes Intern. He recently completed a PhD in Linguistics at UCL.
Development Officer
Ben joined in early 2017. He graduated in 2016 from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Politics and International Relations. Prior to joining, he worked for homelessness charity Providence Row.
Development Intern
Rachel joined the Sutton Trust in late 2017. She previously volunteered in the community fundraising department at Mind after graduating from UCL with a BA in European Languages.
Communications Officer
Grace graduated from UCL in 2016 with a degree in History. Prior to joining the trust she was an ambassador for Young Minds and has worked at Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre.