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

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
James is the Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust and has been in post since February 2019. Prior to that, James was Deputy CEO of the Trust’s sister charity, the Education Endowment Foundation. He also led the Trust’s £135m bid to set up the EEF in 2011, was its interim CEO and served as a founding Trustee.

James is also a trustee of The Brilliant Club, the Centre for Homelessness Impact, and a governor of a comprehensive school in the East Midlands, where he lives.

To contact James, please email Emma Legg.

Laura Bruce

Director of Programmes
Laura leads the programmes team at the Trust. She is responsible for our beneficiary facing work, partnerships and impact of programmes. Laura began her career at the University of Nottingham, managing university access programmes and has also worked in the charity sector, managing a variety of programmes and initiatives including working with Mayor of London’s Office. Laura currently sits on the advisory group for the Office for Students.

Doug Thomson

Director of Development
Doug Thomson leads the development team at the Trust. He began his career in development roles at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, University of Oxford and at the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Doug served as the first Development Director at the Sutton Trust from 2005 to 2009 and has since worked as an independent consultant and at the University of Nottingham as Director of the £242m Impact Campaign.

Carl Cullinane

Associate Director of Research and Policy
Carl commissions and manages the Trust’s programme of policy-focused research. He has authored reports on subjects including student finance, life skills, internships and social selectivity in schools. He joined the Trust in 2016, having worked in a variety of roles in social and political research, including NatCen and Democratic Audit.

Hilary Cornwell

Associate Director of Media and Communications
Hilary is the first point of call for all journalists looking to find out more about the Trust. She joined the team in 2015 to work across both the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation and leads both organisations’ media work. In her previous role at a communications agency, she implemented media campaigns across a wide range of sectors ranging from charities to the arts.

Jessica Adams

Senior Alumni Manager
Jess oversees the work of the alumni team, who support and engage the Trust’s outstanding alumni community through initiatives such as the Alumni Leadership Board, telling alumni stories, and the Trust’s first alumni-led campaign. She is studying for a PhD at the University of East London in politics and participatory art, and joined the Trust from Imperial College London.

Ketiwe Anjorin

Programmes Manager (Currently on Maternity Leave)
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.

Laura Barbour

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.

Gemma Collins

Employability Programme Manager
Gemma joined the Sutton Trust in November 2019 and works on the Trust’s portfolio of outreach initiatives and Pathways programmes to improve access to the workplace and provide work experience opportunities for young people. A Sutton Trust US programme alumnus, Gemma graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and still enjoys mentoring and volunteering on the US programme. Prior to joining the Sutton Trust full time, Gemma worked at a start-up company running events to connect the UK’s brightest students with top employers for internships and career opportunities.

Maariyah Dawood

Research, Communications and Policy Intern
Maariyah joined the Sutton Trust’s Internship Scheme in 2019, after completing the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme in the House of Commons where she worked for an MP. Her previous experience stems from working at The Faith and Belief Forum and volunteering in her local community.

Katherine Doherty

Apprenticeships Campaign Manager
Katherine joined the Trust in February 2019 to oversee the Apprenticeship Campaign. She has previously worked within the charity and public sector supporting young people develop the skills and confidence to reach their potential in employment. Katherine graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in English and Education.

Ross Duncan

Projects Officer
Ross works on events and discrete projects which span the Trust’s work in Development, Programmes, Communications, Research and Policy. He joined the Trust in 2018 as a Programmes intern and holds a History degree from the University of Cambridge.

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.

Stefanie Kha

Head of Finance and Operations
Stefanie leads the finance and operations team at the Trust. She joined in August 2019 from Global’s Make Some Noise, where she was responsible for finance, governance and grant-making activities. Stefanie started her career at Barnardo’s.

Elise Lamsdale

Senior Digital Communications and Media Officer
Elise oversees the Trust’s digital communications, primarily looking after the website and our social media platforms. She joined the team after completing a Masters degree in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London, prior to which she worked in communications for the charity sector.

Emma Legg

Operations Officer
Emma manages the Trust’s Operations function, working to maintain and improve the Trust’s policies and procedures in HR, recruitment and IT. She also manages James Turner’s diary. Emma graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in English Literature and French.

Mariyum Mahmood

Development Intern
Mariyum joined the Sutton Trust’s Internship Scheme in 2019 after graduating with a degree in English Literature from Durham University. Mariyum was previously a pro-bono researcher for an NGO providing legal aid and research on business human rights violations in the EMEA region.

Claire Maton

Senior Programmes Manager
Claire manages the Trust’s Pathways to the Professions programmes. She works closely with university partners, sector supporters and third sector organisations to design and deliver these. As a part of her work Claire sits on a range of advisory groups and boards. Prior to the Trust, Claire worked on a number of international exchange programmes.

Dr Rebecca Montacute

Research and Policy Manager
Since Rebecca joined the Trust in 2017, she has authored reports on a variety of topics including internships, university access, highly able student from disadvantaged backgrounds, access to the professions and how parents use financial and cultural resources to boost their children’s educations. Rebecca previously completed a PhD at the University of Manchester, and was a Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Ruby Nightingale

Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Ruby sits across the communications and public affairs teams. She works on the Trust’s policy events, stakeholder and media engagement, as well as on the Trust’s social media. Ruby also leads on the secretariat for the APPG on Social Mobility. She joined the team in January 2018 and graduated from the University of Southampton in 2016 with a degree in Philosophy and Politics.

Binda Patel

Head of Innovation
Binda leads on the Trust’s new and exciting innovation work. She looks at how we can have a broader impact on a greater number of young people. Binda was previously our Head of Programmes & Partnerships and former MD of Pure Potential. She is a trustee of PRIME and Access Accountancy, and was a young trustee at the Diana Award.

Ben Roberts

Senior 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.

Laura Solomons

Head of Donor Relations
Laura joined the development team at the Sutton Trust in 2018 and leads on our work giving supporters a fantastic experience of championing social mobility. She has previously held fundraising roles at Anthony Nolan, Scope and School-Home Support, with a particular focus on building strategic corporate partnerships. She is also a Trustee of the Peter Minet Trust. Laura studied theology at the University of Cambridge, followed by an MPhil in philosophy of religion.

Betelhem Tefera

Finance Officer
Betelhem graduated in 2015 from London South Bank University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. She joined the Trust in November 2018 as Finance Officer. Prior to joining the Trust she worked for an international humanitarian aid charity based in London.

Harry Thomason

Senior Programmes Officer
Harry joined the trust in October 2019 and works across the Trust’s Pathways programmes, focusing on applications, evaluation and long-term tracking of participants. He has experience in the voluntary and grant giving sectors working on projects which support young people to develop life and work skills. Harry holds a master’s in International Development from the University of Bristol and a degree in Human Geography.

Jonathan Tyndall

Programmes Manager
Jonny manages the Trust’s university access programmes which include UK Summer Schools, Sutton Scholars, personal statement mentoring and our work with teachers. He has previously worked with schools across the country at Shakespeare Schools Foundation and is a trustee of an Arts Centre.

Charlotte Wilkinson Prior

Donor Relations Officer
Charlotte joined the Trust in October 2019 to help deliver our donor relations strategy and provide outstanding stewardship opportunities and experiences for our supporters. She has previously worked in events and corporate fundraising roles for Sported and Genesis Research Trust and prior to that had a career in relationship and project management in communications agencies. Charlotte studied History of Art and French at Oxford Brookes University and holds an MA in Gallery studies from the University of Essex.

Abigail Wilson

Programmes Intern
Abigail joined the Sutton Trust’s Internship Scheme in 2019 after graduating with a degree in political science from New York University Abu Dhabi. As an undergraduate student, she worked at a performing arts non-profit in New York.

Rachel Wornell

Development Officer
Rachel joined the Sutton Trust in late 2017 and splits her time between development and alumni work. She previously volunteered in the community fundraising department at Mind after graduating from UCL with a BA in European Languages.