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The Sutton Trust strategic advisory and development board was established in 2013 to enable individuals to join us in improving social mobility through education. We are grateful for the annual financial investment Board Members make to the Trust.

Our Development Advisory board is listed below.

Justin Bull

Justin Bull

Justin Bull is currently a Senior Advisor to Copper Street Capital, a new alternative investment fund investing in the financial services industry. Justin has also been helping the Sutton Trust evaluate the feasibility of an alumni network.

Prior to this Justin held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays, based in London. He was a member of the Corporate and Investment Banking Executive Committee as well as the Operations and Technology Executive Committee. Justin joined Barclays in 1997 and has assumed a number of roles in London and Hong Kong, including Chief Operating Officer for the Global Markets business, Head of Client Technology, Chief Administrative Officer for Corporate and Investment Banking and Chief of Staff to its Co-Chief Executives. He assumed his previous role in September 2013. Prior to joining Barclays, Justin worked at Morgan Stanley. 

Tim Bunting, General Partner at Balderton Capital and former Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International

Jim BuntingTim is a General Partner of Balderton Capital. He was previously a partner at Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years. Tim started to work with Balderton and its portfolio of companies in 2006. Currently Tim serves on the Board of numerous Public and Private companies.

Tim is also a Governor of Wellington College and the Wellington Academy; a Trustee of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, SpringBoard and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Tim is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

Mike Carpenter, Former CEO, Ally Financial

Mike Carpenter

Michael A. Carpenter was chief executive officer of Ally Financial Inc. from November 2009 to February 2015.  During this time he turned around this $150 billion bank and returned almost $20 billion to the American taxpayer who funded the company as part of the auto bailout. He retired as CEO in Feb 2015. Mr Carpenter has broad and deep experience in banking, capital markets, turnarounds and corporate strategy. He founded Southgate Alternative Investments in 2007. He was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, and chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup’s Global Corporate & Investment Bank.

Mr Carpenter received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nottingham, England, and an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Mr Carpenter is a director of various public and private companies.

Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee “PC”, Chairman of The Chatterjee Group

Dr Purnendu ChatterjeeDr. Purnendu Chatterjee “PC” is Chairman of The Chatterjee Group (TCG), a global investment firm founded in 1984. Under his direction, TCG has compiled a highly successful investment record, especially in India. From 1986 to 2000, PC was closely associated with Soros Fund Management.  Prior to this PC was a partner at McKinsey & Company Inc. in New York.

PC, who grew up in Calcutta, received a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a MSc and PhD in operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.

PC was one of the primary founders of the Indian School of Business. He is a trustee of the Asia Society, on the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley, a charter member and Founding Trustee of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and a former Board Member of the US-India Business Council.

Glenn Earle, Former Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs International

Glenn Earle

Glenn Earle is a member of the Boards of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. and Rothesay Life Group. Mr. Earle is also a Board Member and Trustee of the Royal National Theatre and of Teach First, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Cambridge University Judge Business School.

Glenn retired in December 2011 from Goldman Sachs International, where he was most recently a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs in various roles in New York, Frankfurt and London from 1987, becoming a Partner in 1996. From 1979 to 1985, he worked in the Latin America Department at Grindlays Bank/ANZ, leaving as a Vice President.

Glenn is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and of Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with High Distinction and was a Baker Scholar and Loeb, Rhoades Fellow.

Marc Gabelli, Managing Partner of Gabelli Securities

Marc GabelliMarc is an executive and director of several operating businesses, including U.S. exchange traded GAMCO Investors, LGL Group, and Associated Capital Group. As a fund manager, his focus is global value equity investments. He manages the Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust, an investment trust trading on the London Stock Exchange. He has managed several Morningstar five star mutual funds, and a Lipper #1 ranked global equity mutual fund.

Marc is active in a variety of charitable educational efforts in the United States. He has lived and worked in the U.K. at various times, beginning in 1990 while at Lehman Brothers International. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Sloan School.

Sir Peter Gershon, Chairman of National Grid plc and Tate & Lyle plc

Sir Peter Gershon

Educated at Reigate Grammar School and Churchill College, Cambridge.

Sir Peter had a 30 year career spanning the international computer, telecommunications and defence industries before joining the UK civil service in 2000 as the first Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce.  In 2003/4 he led a major review of UK public sector efficiency for the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer.  Following his return to the private sector in 2004 he has held a number of non-executive positions and is now Chairman of National Grid plc, Tate & Lyle PLC and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Management Board.

Peter was awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to the Defence Industry and was knighted in 2004 for his work on public procurement.

David Gregson, Chairman of Precise Media Group, Crime Reduction Initiatives and the Lawn Tennis Association

David Gregson

David is Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association, and of CRI, a leading UK health and social care charity.  He is also a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming the Olympic Park following the 2012 Games, and a member of the Advisory Boards for the Sutton Trust, promoting social mobility through education, and of the Education Endowment Foundation.

Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix Equity Partners, a leading UK mid-market private equity business.  David has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a degree in Maths and Physics from Cambridge University.

Anthony Gutman, Co-Head, UK Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs


Anthony is co-head of Investment Banking Services in EMEA and co-head of UK Investment Banking. He is a member of the Partnership Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2007 and was named partner in 2012.

Prior to joining the firm, Anthony spent seven years at Citigroup. Earlier in his career, he qualified as a corporate solicitor at Freshfields in London.

Anthony is a member of the Business in the Community Education Leadership Team and serves on the Board of Directors of Great Ormond Street Hospital – The Centre for Children’s Rare Disease Research. Anthony earned a BA in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford University, and a CPE and LPC degree from the London College of Law.

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation

Peter LamplPeter is the founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust which aims to improve social mobility through strategic philanthropy. It has funded and evaluated programmes which have helped hundreds of thousands of young people and published over 120 research studies.

He is also chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust with support from Impetus Trust funded by an endowment of £135 million from Government to improve the performance of the poorest children in the most challenging schools. Before establishing the Sutton Trust in 1997, Peter was the founder and chairman of the Sutton Company, a Private Equity firm with offices in New York, London and Munich. Peter has a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Oxford and MBA from the London Business School.

Joe McDevitt, Retired Managing Director of PIMCO

Joe McDevitt

Joe joined PIMCO in 1998 to open and head the firm’s London office, its first presence in Europe.

When Joe retired from PIMCO in 2014 the firm had close to $300 Billion in third-party assets across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Joe spent 33 years in the financial services industry, having previously worked for Salomon Brothers in New York and London, and Merrill Lynch in Seoul, Korea.

Following university he spent three years in Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer working in public health. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, where he serves on the board of trustees, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Sir Harvey McGrath, Chair of Big Society Capital, Chair of Governors of Birkbeck, University of London, and Deputy Chair of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Panel.

Harvey McGrath

Sir Harvey is Chair of Big Society Capital, Chair of Governors of Birkbeck, University of London, and Deputy Chair of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Panel. He is the former Chairman of Prudential plc, Man Group plc, and the London Development Agency.

Prior to taking on the Chair of the London Development Agency he was Chairman of London First, the capital’s influential business campaign group, a director of Gateway to London, the inward investment agency for the Thames Gateway and Chairman of the East London Business Alliance, a partnership of substantial businesses engaged in the social and economic regeneration of East London.

Sir Harvey is also Chairman of Heart of the City, which helps companies develop responsible business practices through learning from one another; Chairman of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which promotes subject based professional development for teachers; and a trustee of a number of other charities including New Philanthropy Capital, a research based charity which gives advice and guidance to donors and charities; icould, an online careers resource; and the Mayor’s Fund for London. Sir Harvey was knighted in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.

Lucy Morris, Trustee of CHK Charities

Lucy MorrisLucy Morris has been involved with and making a difference in the charitable sector for the last twenty years. Her involvement began as a trustee of her family foundation, but for the last ten years Lucy has also been active as a trustee, fundraiser and mentor at Home-Start UK, Nordoff Robbins, Amber and Into University.

Lucy’s area of interest as a member of the Sutton Trust is where giving can make a real difference and have a greater impact through leveraging and scalability, in particular in the areas the foundation supports the socially disadvantaged and the improving access to education for all.

Richard Perry, Managing Partner, CEO of Perry Corp

Richard PerryRichard has been CEO of Perry Corp. since 1988.  He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  Prior to 1988, Richard was in the equity arbitrage area of Goldman, Sachs & Co.  He was also an adjunct associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he taught a course in the finance department.

Richard serves on the board of directors of Capital Business Credit LLC, Universal American Corp., Ovation LLC and Northwest Investments LLC.  He is also chairman of the board of Barneys New York Inc.  Richard is a member of the boards of trustees of Facing History and Ourselves, The Israel Project and the University of Pennsylvania. He is also on the Advisory Council of the Hamilton Project. Richard earned an MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1980, and a BS at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1977.

Kasia Robinski, Partner at Hanover Investors

photo. Kasia April 2014Kasia has spent the last 25 years in investment banking and in private equity, in the UK, US and in Europe. She worked for the Sutton Company, alongside Sir Peter Lampl, in the UK and in the US.

Kasia received an MSc from Cambridge University in Engineering/Economics and an MBA from the Stanford Business School.

James Sainsbury OBE, Trustee of Tedworth Charitable Trust

James Sainsbury

James has been chair of trustees of Home-Start UK since 2000 (for which he was honoured with an OBE in 2013).

He is also chair of trustees of the Resurgence Trust, which, among other things, publishes the “Resurgence and Ecologist” magazine.

He is a trustee of the Tedworth, Headley and Staples trusts, the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund and the Voices Foundation. He is also a patron of Best Beginnings.

Martin Sullivan OBE, Operating Partner – Lightyear Capital

Martin Sullivan - Bio  Photo

Prior to joining Lightyear Capital in October 2014, Mr. Sullivan was Deputy Chairman of Willis Group Holdings plc and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Willis Global Solutions.

Previously, Mr. Sullivan was President and Chief Executive Officer of American International Group Inc., where he worked for 37 years. Mr Sullivan serves on the Board of Directors of Lightyear Capital portfolio company Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford. He is also Chairman of Navigators Underwriting Agency Ltd.

Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc

Robert Swannell

Robert Swannell was appointed a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer in October 2010 and became Chairman in January 2011. Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Citi Europe and Chairman of Citi’s European Investment Bank.

Robert was Senior Independent Director of both The British Land Company plc (NED 1999-2010) and of 3i Group plc (NED, 2006-2010). Robert was Chairman of HMV Group plc from February 2009 until March 2011. Robert’s regulatory and government department experience includes the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FSA, the Takeover Panel Appeal Board and the Industrial Advisory Board of BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills).  Robert was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Shareholder Executive Board in November 2013 and became Chairman on 1 September 2014.  Robert was Chairman and a member of the Governing Body of Rugby School from 2004-2014. He is an Advisory Board Member of The Sutton Trust, a founder and Trustee of the SpringBoard Boarding Bursary Foundation, a Trustee of the Kew Foundation and a Board Member of the Investor Forum. Robert is a Chartered Accountant and Barrister.

Corinne Vigreux, Co-founder and Managing Director of TomTom Consumer

Vigreux new pic 2015Best known as one of TomTom’s founders, Corinne Vigreux combines an instinctive understanding of technology with a flair for innovation. She is currently Managing Director of TomTom’s Consumer Business Unit. Corinne is passionate about democratising technology and making it more accessible, usable and affordable to all. This approach led to the TomTom Go, which single-handedly created the satnav category, and subsequent TomTom satnav products, fitness watches and the new action camera.

She started at Psion in 1987, building its international distribution network. Then in 1992, together with Peter-Frans Pauwels, Pieter Geelen and Harold Goddijn, she set up Palmtop software, which then became TomTom. Assuming responsibility for branding, marketing and sales she oversaw the change from a B2B software company to a B2C organization.

Corinne Vigreux chairs the Sofronie Foundation, and is co-chair of the Dutch Chapter of Women Corporate Directors. She is also on the board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, and the president of the CCEF (Conseiller du Commerce extérieur de la France).

Dr Geoffrey Walker MD, Dallas Nephrology Association

Dr Geoffrey WalkerGeoff is a Nephrologist practicing in Dallas, Texas since 1981 associated with Dallas Nephrology Associates, a single specialty group of 75 doctors providing care to patients with kidney disease. They provide out-patient and in-patient care as well as dialysis support and renal transplantation to patients with chronic kidney disease.

In England Geoff worked as lecturer in medicine for 4 years for Manchester University and prior to that as a trainee physician at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. He graduated from Leeds University Medical School in 1972. Elected Fellow of American College of Physicians and also Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Ian Walsh, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group London

ianIan is a Partner and Managing Director at BCG London, where he leads both the Financial Institutions and Education practices.

He has led numerous projects for The Sutton Trust, on GCSE under-performance, university entry, vocational education and access to the City.

Ian has also led projects for the Education Endowment Fund, Teach First and the New Schools Network.

He has a Bachelor in Commerce and Masters in Finance from University College Dublin, where he was a member of the Governing Authority.

He qualified as a barrister at the King’s Inns in Dublin and is a member of the Irish bar.

Ian Watson, Chairman of Genagro Ltd

Ian Watson

Ian is an entrepreneur and has successfully founded and managed a variety of companies in a range of different areas internationally.  He was previously a member of the Executive Committee and responsible for the European business of Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt).  Ian was Chairman of Galahad Gold from 2003 to 2008.  Currently, Ian is Chairman and Managing Director of Genagro Ltd., with 73,000 hectares of agricultural land in Brazil.  Ian is Co-Founder and Chairman of PYE global, empowering young people and adults internationally to work with their creativity.

Ian was Executive Producer of Forgiveness, a 3 hour documentary by PBS TV in April 2011.  He was also Executive Producer of the following Common Ground Productions:

  • Madame President (2015) – 15 hours – in production in Amman, Jordan for broadcast across the entire Middle East by satellite TV, followed by secondary national broadcasts.
  • Singa Durbar (2015)13 half-hours – in production in Kathmandu, Nepal; a fictional series about Nepal’s first woman prime minister.
  • The Team (Sri Lanka) (2015)13 half-hours – in production in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Alex Wilmot Sitwell, President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

AWS Biography November 2014Alex Wilmot-Sitwell is Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is responsible for the execution and development of the bank’s business activities and support functions in the EMEA region. These span corporate, commercial and investment banking, treasury services, sales and trading and credit cards. He is also responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of the broad Bank of America Merrill Lynch franchise to its corporate and institutional clients in these regions.

Based at the bank’s European headquarters in London, Wilmot-Sitwell chairs the bank’s EMEA Executive Committee and is a member of the Global Banking, and Markets Committee. He is Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Lynch International and Bank of America Merrill Lynch International. He is also director of Merrill Lynch UK Holdings and MBNA Limited and chairs the board of Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited.

Wilmot-Sitwell is a strong advocate of developing relationships between business and the community and actively supporting education and children’s charity organisations. He is a vice president of Save the Children Fund (UK) and a Trustee of Merlin.

Deborah Wolfson, Trustee of the Wolfson Foundation

Deborah Wolfson Davis was educated at the University of Manchester and the College of Law, London. Her early career was as a solicitor at Freshfields, specialising in company law and taxation. Following this, she pursued her interest in media, working as a freelance journalist and scriptwriter. She is a trustee of the Wolfson Foundation and Chair of its Schools Panel.

Christopher Wright, Merifin Capital

Christopher WrightChristopher Wright is Chairman of EMAlternatives LLC in Washington DC, an emerging markets focused asset management firm and of YIMEI Capital Ltd in China. Since 1987 he has been a Director of Merifin Capital, a privately owned, Brussels based investment company.

Until mid-2003 he served as Head of Private Equity for Dresdner Kleinwort Capital and was a Group Board Member of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson working in New York, Los Angeles, London and Frankfurt with global responsibility for alternative assets as well as for certain other activities of the Dresdner Bank Group in North America. He acted as chairman of various investment funds prior to and following the latter’s integration with Allianz A.G. He is a co-founding board member of Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE) and of IDOX plc (AIM), and continues to serve on the board Roper.

Mr Wright is affiliated with and/or has sat on various boards of several other financial institutions, including Artio Global Asset Management Inc., Hansa Capital LBG., Campbell Lutyens @Co Ltd., CdB Webtech SpA., Standard Bank Group of South Africa, GP Investimentos (Brazil), IL+FS (India), and IDeA Alternative Investments SGR.

Mr Wright is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. He is Foundation Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.