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.

Founder
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.

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.
Head of Programmes and Partnerships
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.
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.
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.
Head 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.
Head of Research
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.
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 supports the marketing, delivery and evaluation of the Trust’s programmes, primarily working on the UK Summer Schools. He manages application queries and is involved with building the Trust’s social media presence.
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 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.
Residential Programmes Manager
Emma manages the Trust’s residential Conferences which students attend as part of our Pathways to the Professions programmes. She also works on projects related to the Trust’s residential work across our programmes. Prior to the Trust, Emma managed youth development programmes at The Challenge and Raleigh International.
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.
Research Fellow
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.
Senior Programmes Officer
Nick works across the Trust’s Pathways programmes, focusing on applications, evaluation and long-term tracking of participants. Before joining the Trust, Nick studied and taught at UCL whilst earning a PhD in Linguistics.
Employability Engagement Manager
Ellie works across the Pathways to the Professions programmes, overseeing corporate engagement including insight days and work experience. Prior to the Trust, Ellie worked for the widening participation charity, IntoUniversity.
Communications Public Affairs Officer
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.
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.
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 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.
Digital & Communications Manager
Grace oversees the Trust’s website, social media, and digital projects. Grace also sits in the alumni team, and is the key coordinator for the Alumni Leadership Board. Prior to joining the trust in 2017, she was an ambassador for Young Minds and worked at the Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre.
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.