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Our Team

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.

sutton-trust-portraits024-peter-lampl-1Sir Peter Lampl 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.

lee elliot majorDr Lee Elliot Major – Chief Executive

Lee is Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust and a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, chairing its evaluation advisory board. He commissioned and is co-author of the Sutton Trust-EEF toolkit for schools. 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 his assistant, Shona Brown.

Conor Ryan – Director, 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, covering education policy and media relations in government and opposition. Conor is a trustee of the National Foundation for Educational Research and a director of a multi-academy trust. In 2015-16, he was a member of the Scottish Commission on Widening Access.

Before joining the Trust, Conor was an independent writer and consultant, working with many education organisations, writing for many national newspapers and advising senior education figures.

Dr Ellie Decamp – 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.

binda-patel_webBinda PatelHead 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.

sutton-trust-portraits091-laura-barbourLaura Barbour – Early Years Lead

Laura was the first Trust Administrator at the Sutton Trust, joining in 1997 and helping Sir Peter Lampl to establish the Trust. Between 1997 and 2015, she combined raising a family with a range of roles at the Trust, most recently taking the lead in early years’ research and programmes. Laura also remains involved as a consultant for the Sutton Trust and Esmee Fairbairn Parental Engagement fund.

Prior to joining the Sutton Trust she was part of the management team at UK Youth. She started her career in fundraising for Cancer Research UK and the Mental Health foundation.

Ketiwe AnjorinKetiwe Anjorin – Programmes Manager

Ketiwe joined the Sutton Trust in 2014 to work on the Student and Teacher Summer Schools Programmes.  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.


Madeleine AveryDevelopment Manager

Madeleine joined the Trust as Development Manager in autumn 2016.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a BA in History, Madeleine worked for several large charities including the British Red Cross and Crisis.

 Sutton Trust Staff Portraits017Shona Brown – Trust Co-ordinator and PA to the Chief Executive

Shona joined the team in the mid-2015. She holds a BA in History from the University of Leicester and previously worked as a Parliamentary Research Assistant for an MP in the House of Commons, where she was responsible for leading campaigns in Westminster, policy research and corresponding with government departments.

Laura BruceProgrammes Manager

Laura joined the Trust as Programmes Manager in January 2017. She oversees the UK student and teacher Summer Schools and Sutton Scholars programmes. Laura has previously managed a variety of outreach and volunteering programmes including roles at The Challenge and in The University of Nottingham’s Widening Participation team. She graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2011 with a BA in French and Management.

Gemma Cook – Finance Manager

Gemma joined the Sutton Trust in late 2015.  She joins the Trust with almost 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.


Hilary Cornwell Media and Communications Manager

Hilary joined the team at the start of 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.

Carl CullinaneResearch and Policy Manager

Carl joined the Trust in October 2016 as Research Fellow. 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 the London School of Economics.

Anna Fellows – 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.

Javneet GhumanParliamentary and Public Affairs Officer

Javneet joined the team in November 2016 as Parliamentary and Public Affairs Officer for both the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation. She previously worked for an older people’s charity as their public affairs lead, and before that, she worked for a former Minister during the Coalition Government. She holds a BA in History from the London School of Economics.

bethany-gregory_webBethany GregoryDevelopment Officer

Bethany joined the Sutton Trust in August 2016 as the Development Intern, after recently graduating with a BA in Law from the University of Oxford.

Frank Helsby – Finance Director

Frank is the Finance Director of The Sutton Trust and The Education Endowment Foundation. Before joining the Trust Frank worked across the public and private sector within a number of organisations in a senior finance capacity.

Urte Macikene – Research, Policy and Comms Intern

Urte joined in February 2016. Prior to joining, Urte worked for an MP in Scotland. Urte was the elected Vice President Services at the Edinburgh University Students’ Association. She has also worked for the National Union of Students Scotland and held internships in the United States Senate. She holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh.

Claire MatonProgrammes 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.

Rebecca Montacute – 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.

Nick NeasomProgrammes Officer

Nick joined in November 2016 as a Programmes Intern. He has recently completed a PhD in Linguistics at UCL.

Ben RobertsDevelopment Intern

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.

ghazal-tipu_webGhazal Tipu Communications Officer (Digital, Events and Alumni)

Ghazal joined in mid-2016 to work across digital communications and events, and to develop the alumni network. In her previous roles, she worked in marketing and communications for other prominent charities, taking responsibility for the website, social media, and print publications. She completed a management graduate scheme in local government at Tower Hamlets Council. She holds an LLB Law degree from SOAS University.