Our team

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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 worked for ten years previously at the Trust leading policy, research and programme work, latterly as Director of Programmes and Partnerships. In this role he oversaw the foundation of the Trust’s US university programme, the expansion of the UK summer schools and Pathways initiatives, and the development of its pre-16 work through Sutton Scholars.

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.

Head of Programmes and Partnerships (Currently on Maternity Leave)
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.
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.
Director of Research, Advocacy & Communications
Anna leads the research, advocacy and communications teams at the Trust. Before joining The Sutton Trust Anna was with BBC News, most recently as the Head of News for BBC World News, the BBC’s international television news channel. She began her career in journalism with CNN in Moscow covering the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Acting Head of Programmes and Partnerships
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.
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 (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.
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.
Acting Head of Media and Communications
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.
Acting Head of Research and Policy
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.
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.
Programmes Intern
Ross joined the trust in October 2018 and previously served as his college access officer, working to make higher education more accessible to all. He holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge.
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.
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.
Research, Policy and Communications Intern
Angel joined the Sutton Trust in October 2018. She has recently graduated with an English and Drama degree from the University of Exeter. She is a Sutton Trust alumni and since taking part in the programme has taken active roles championing social mobility at university.
Operations Officer
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.
Residential Programmes Manager
Emma joined the Trust in 2018. She previously managed the delivery of National Citizen Service programmes in Manchester and Surrey with The Challenge, and International Citizen Service training programmes at Raleigh International. Emma graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in History and Psychology.
Senior 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.
Senior Programmes Officer
Nick joined the Sutton Trust in 2016 as a Programmes Intern. He recently completed a PhD in Linguistics at UCL.
Employability Engagement Manager
Ellie joined the Trust in 2018. Prior to the Trust, Ellie worked for the widening participation charity, IntoUniversity. Ellie holds a BA in Education from the University of Sheffield and has just completed an MSc in Psychology.
Communications Public Affairs Officer
Ruby graduated in 2016 from the University of Southampton with a degree in Philosophy and Politics. Prior to joining the Trust this year, she worked in Events and Communications at think-tank Social Vision.
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.
Head of Donor Relations
Laura joined the Development Team at the Sutton Trust in 2018, having previously held fundraising roles at Anthony Nolan, Scope and School-Home Support. 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.
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.
Programmes Manager
Jonny joined the Trust in 2018 overseeing the UK student and teacher Summer Schools and Sutton Scholars programmes. He has previously worked at Shakespeare Schools Foundation working with schools across the country and graduated from SOAS with a degree in Chinese and Politics.
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.
Chris joined the Sutton Trust in 2018 on secondment from The Boston Consulting Group. Chris has a Masters degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London.
Development Officer
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.