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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.

stephen-brenninkmeijer_thumbStephen Brenninkmeijer, Founder of Willows Investments

Stephen is a private investor with interests in impact investing and education.  For 30 years he was involved in the family retail business and now holds governance positions within the organisation.  He has been involved in impact investing since 2002 and founded Willows Investments in 2008 with the aim of supporting promising ventures with a social mission.

He serves on the boards of Social Stock Exchange (UK) and responsAbility AG (Zurich).  He is on the supervisory board of the European Climate Foundation (The Hague) and is a trustee of both the Mentoring Foundation (UK) and NTYE UK [Network for Training Young Entrepreneurs]. He is on the advisory board of Auticon (UK).

Justin Bull, Senior Advisor of Copper Street Capital

Justin Bull

Justin is currently Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Copper Street Capital, a new alternative investment fund investing in the financial services industry. In 2015 Justin led the Sutton Trust’s Alumni project and he now chairs the steering group for the 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 of 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 nearly $16 billion to the American taxpayer who funded the company as part of the auto bailout. He retired as CEO in February 2015 and continues to be active through Southgate Holdings which he founded in 2007.

Mike has broad and deep experience in banking, capital markets, turnarounds and corporate strategy.  From 1995 to 2006 he held several senior management positions at Citigroup, and its predecessor Travelers Group. His most recent roles were as chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, and chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup’s Global Corporate & Investment Bank.  Previously, Mr Carpenter held senior management positions at Travelers Group, GE and The Boston Consulting Group.

Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nottingham, England, and an MBA 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.

Mark Crosbie, Managing Partner of Antin Infrastructure Partners

mark crosbieMark is a Managing Partner at Antin Infrastructure Partners, a leading European private equity firm focussed on infrastructure investments, which he has co-led since its inception in 2007.

A chartered accountant by training, prior to Antin he had a 14 year career as an investment banker and spent 7 years at Centrica PLC where he was a member of the Executive Committee and had group-wide responsibility for strategy, business development and M&A.

Jerry del Missier, Founder and Executive Chairman of Copper Street Capital LLP

Jerry del missierJerry is the founder and Executive Chairman of Copper Street Capital LLP, an independent investment firm.  Previously, he was a senior executive of Barclays Bank Plc in London and New York for many years and also worked at Bankers Trust and Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto.

Jerry is a past Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and a member of the boards of the Global Financial Markets Association and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.  He currently serves on the board of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Maple Leaf Trust in London.

A passionate believer in the transformative power of education, Jerry also serves as a board member of Room to Read, a global education and literacy organization, and the Advisory Board of Queen’s University Smith School of Business in Kingston, Canada.  He is also a past member of the Board of Trustees at Queen’s University, where he studied, earning a BSc (Chemical Engineering) and an MBA.

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, CBE FREng Hon CIPS, Chairman of National Grid plc and Tate & Lyle plc

Sir Peter Gershon

Sir Peter is a British businessman and former civil servant, currently the chairman of National Grid, Tate & Lyle and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. He has held senior executive positions in the UK computer, telecommunications and defence industries as well as being the first chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce. In 2004/5 Sir Peter, at the request of the Prime Minister and Chancellor, led a major review of efficiency in the UK public sector which recommended significant savings. He is a trustee of The Sutton Trust. He is married with three children and five grandchildren.

Sir Peter was awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to the Defence Industry and was knighted in 2004 for his work on public procurement.  In 2016 he won the FTSE100 non-executive director of the year award.

Sir Peter was educated at Reigate Grammar School and Churchill College, Cambridge.

David Gregson, Chairman of British Tennis and of Karma Group

David Gregson

David Gregson is Chairman of British Tennis and of Karma Group, the UK’s largest independent marketing services agency.  He is also a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming the Olympic Park following the 2012 Games. Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix Equity Partners, a leading UK mid-market private equity business. Over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of some thirty companies.

Most recently, David was Chairman of CRI, the UK’s largest social and health care charity. David has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Maths and Physics degree from Cambridge University.

Anthony Gutman, Co-Head of 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 Goldman Sachs 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 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

Sir Peter is acknowledged to be the UK’s leading educational philanthropist. He founded the Sutton Trust and has given over £50 million to the Trust to achieve this aim.  He is also chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation.

Before establishing the Sutton Trust, Sir Peter founded the Sutton Company, a Private Equity firm with offices in New York, London and Munich.

Sir Peter was educated at Oxford and the London Business School.  He grew up in Yorkshire and Surrey, has three teenage children and divides his time between the UK and Florida.

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 and Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College, University of London.

Harvey McGrath

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

Lucy Morris, Trustee of CHK Charities

Lucy Morris

Lucy 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 is also a co-chair of governors at the new Kensington Aldridge Academy School.

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 and 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 BSc at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1977.

Kasia Robinski, Partner at Hanover Investors

photo. Kasia April 2014

Kasia is a Partner at Hanover Investors, a UK private equity firm,  She is also engaged in property development, in Poland.

She has 25 years’ experience in investment banking and private equity, in the UK, US and Europe, including with Goldman Sachs, CSFB and the Sutton Company, where she worked alongside Sir Peter Lampl.

Kasia holds a MSc degree in Engineering/Economics from Cambridge University and a MBA from the Stanford Business School.

James Sainsbury OBE, Trustee of Tedworth Charitable Trust


James is the President of Home-Start UK and before this was 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.

Peter Selman, Former co-head of Global Equities Trading and Execution Services at Goldman Sachs


Peter is the former co-head of Global Equities Trading and Execution Services. Peter joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 as an associate in Equity Derivatives in London and held a variety of roles within Equity Derivatives Trading before assuming responsibility for the European Structured Products business in 1999. In 2004, he assumed overall leadership of the regional derivatives business. Peter relocated to New York in 2007 as head of Americas Derivatives Trading and in 2012 he became co-head of Global Equities One Delta Trading and EMEA Equities Trading. He was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2006.

Peter is a board member of Cambridge in America and the St. George’s Society. He also serves on the investment committees of two UK charities, Buttle UK, a children’s charity, and the Turner Contemporary Gallery.

Peter earned an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in 1994.

Martin Sullivan OBE, Operating Partner of Lightyear Capital

Martin Sullivan - Bio Photo

Prior to joining Lightyear Capital’s portfolio company in October 2014, Martin was Deputy Chairman of Willis Group Holdings plc and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Willis Global Solutions.

Previously, Martin was President and Chief Executive Officer of American International Group Inc., where he worked for 37 years. He serves on the Board of Directors of Lightyear Capital portfolio company, Ed Broking Group Limited. He is also Chairman of Navigators Underwriting Agency Ltd and Navigators International Insurance Group.

Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc

Robert Swannell

Robert is Chairman of Marks and Spencer plc and Chairman of UK Government Investments, which comprises the merged Shareholder Executive and UKFI. Robert was previously senior independent director of The British Land Company PLC and of 3i Group PLC and Chairman of HMV. Robert’s regulatory and government department experience includes the Takeover Panel Appeal Board; member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FSA (2001-2005) and a member of the Industrial Development Advisory Board of BERR (Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform) (1999-2008).

Robert was Chairman and a member of the Governing Body of Rugby School from 2004 to 2014 and a Trustee of Career Ready from 2003 to 2012. He is a founder and Trustee of the SpringBoard Boarding Bursary Foundation, a Trustee of Teach First, a visiting Fellow at the Oxford University, Said Business School and a Trustee of the Kew Foundation. He is also a Director of the Investor Forum.

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 qualified both as a chartered accountant and a barrister.

Richard Taylor, Co-Head of Banking, Barclays Investment Bank

Richard is Co-Head of Banking within the Investment Bank at Barclays.  He is a member of the Investment Bank Executive Committee, Co-Chairman of the Banking Executive Committee and a member of Barclays Senior Leadership Group. Richard joined Barclays in 2011 as Head of UK Banking.  He was appointed Head of EMEA Banking in 2013, and assumed his current global role in April 2014. Previously, he spent nearly 11 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was most recently Head of UK and Ireland Corporate and Investment Banking. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he worked at HSBC Investment Banking for 10 years.

Richard is a Trustee of Rwanda Aid and sits on the Judging Panel for the Non-Executive Director Awards. Richard holds a first class Engineering degree and, prior to entering investment banking in 1991, qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen.

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

Corinne Vigreux_croppedBorn in Lyon, France, Corinne studied at the ESSEC Business School in Paris where she graduated in international business in 1987.

Her career started in London at Psion, 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.

The first TomTom device was released in March 2004. The market exploded with TomTom revenues increasing from €42 million to €1.8 billion in 5 years. Corinne subsequently led TomTom’s entry into GPS sport watches and more recently launched the TomTom Bandit, an action camera. As leaders in technology innovation, TomTom is also playing a major role in making Highly Automated Driving and Autonomous Driving a reality by creating cutting-edge technology for mapping systems.

Corinne 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 Conseiller du Commerce extérieur de la France.

In 2012, she was decorated by the French State as a Knight of the Legion of Honour for her business success and social commitment.

Dr Geoffrey Walker MD, Nephrologist with 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. Geoff is an Elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and also Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

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


Ian is a Senior 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 2014

Alex 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 strategy, 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, he 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 a director of Merrill Lynch UK Holdings, Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited and MBNA Limited.

He 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 The National Theatre.

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, Director of Merifin Capital

Christopher WrightChristopher 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 of Roper.

Christopher 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.

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